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.