Mar 30 2012

Feinstein: FDA’s BPA Decision on BPA is Disappointing and Regrettable

Will continue effort to ban BPA in children’s products

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected a petition to ban BPA in all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food.

“Today’s denial by the FDA is disappointing and regrettable,” said Senator Feinstein.  “The hundreds of scientific studies that link BPA to harmful health effects – particularly at early stages of a child’s development – cannot be ignored.  I won’t argue that that more research might be needed on the effects of BPA, but in the meantime, our children should not be used as guinea pigs.”    

Senator Feinstein is the sponsor of S. 136, the Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2011, (S. 136), which would establish a federal ban on the chemical bisphenol A in baby bottles, sippy cups, baby food, and infant formula.

“I will continue to press ahead with my efforts to ban BPA from children’s products at the federal level until BPA is banned once and for all,” continued Feinstein.  

###