BPA Update: French Ban Upsets Our USDA

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It seems European lawmakers are more in tune with their constituency than Congress. After reviewing the French Food Safety Authority (ANSES) report on Bisphenol-A (BPA), the French parliament issued a ban effective January 2014.

(Reminder: BPA  is a chemical compound used as a building block of several polymers and polycarbonates that in turn are found in plastic bottles and cans. Which means all of us are exposed to tiny amounts, whether drinking canned juice, milk from a baby-bottle, or any other product sold in a plastic container or a can. Oh, and it screws with human hormones too. Read more here)

The upcoming ban has got the USDA worried because of the financial implications for American exporters of meat and seafood products packaged with materials containing the potentially harmful chemical. According to the USDA:

The French food industry believes it will not be able to avoid a BPA ban due to the public sensitivity on the issue and has requested more time for a transition to BPA-free food packaging.

And here in the US?

Is there not enough public sensitivity? Or is the problem that our elected officials are sensitive, but mostly to their campaign funders?

We propose that the USDA start worrying about consumers in this country, and together with the FDA urge Congress to ban BPA as well.

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  • VM

    You see, that’s the problem with our government in general. We are ran by American corporations, they are the policy makers and if it’s bad for their bottom line nothing else matters. It’s a shame.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Other countries making our government look bad. Not good for their business.

  • FactChecker

    And BPA causes what diseases, exactly? What diseases are known to be triggered or worsened by BPA? Other than orthorexia and hypochondria, that is. Why should we emulate the silly French? Foodies are such hopeless fools.

  • JimPurdy.blogspot.com

    I don’t want no dang BPA getting mixed in with all the good stuff in my food — like aspartame, MSG, flavor enhancers, preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors. 

    Oh, the wonders of chemistry.

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  • parisbreakfast

    FYI -The article does not mention the rampant use of Bisphenol-A in printing ink. On the back of every printed receipt at major French supermarket chain, Carrefour, it says ‘ no BPA ink was used on this receipt’.
    What is wrong with us?
    It’s infuriating.

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