From MomsRising . . .
In a staggering announcement this past weekend, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated there's now officially cause for "concern" about toxic Bisphenol-A (BPA) in food and beverage containers, but they stopped short of banning BPA from products children and pregnant and nursing women use everyday.1
It's not enough to just announce "concern." We already know BPA is dangerous, and we know there are safer alternatives. It's time for Congress to take this issue to the next level to keep our kids safe.
Urge your U.S. Senators today to co-sponsor and support the Ban Poisonous Additives Act that will ban BPA from food and beverage containers.
Bisephenol-A (BPA) is one of the most pervasive chemicals in our modern lives. You've probably heard by now about BPA in baby bottles, but did you know it's also in most can linings and in many reusable food and beverage containers? With 2 billion pounds of BPA produced annually in the US, it's no wonder that 93% of Americans have detectable levels of BPA in their bodies. (Effects of BPA exposure can include breast cancer, infertility, prostate cancer, early onset puberty, ADHD, and obesity. Children, whose brains and organs are constantly developing, are particularly at risk and absorb BPA at much higher rates than their parents. Early exposure puts children at risk for adult diseases later in life, including breast cancer and Alzheimer's.) 2
The Ban Poisonous Additives Act (also known as the BPA Act) sponsored by Senator Feinstein would ban BPA from reusable food and beverage containers and prohibit the creation of new food and beverage containers containing BPA.
With your help, we could permanently take BPA out of baby bottles, infant formula tins, and the countless food and beverage containers we use everyday.
This bill is a sensible measure that could fix a real problem -- and fix it quickly. That's why we've made it our goal to get Senators from both parties, and from every region of the country, lining up to co-sponsor this bill in January. With your help, we can make that happen. After all, the health and safety of our children comes first to us, and it should come first to our elected officials as well!
Ask your Senators to stand up for safe food for our kids by co-sponsoring the Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act!
We already know there are plenty of safer alternatives to using BPA in containers. In fact, there are many stores, as well as states, which have acknowledged the human health risks of BPA exposure and have already banished BPA from their shelves. Last year, six of the largest manufacturers of baby bottles, including Playtex and Gerber, pledged to stop using in BPA in their products. In addition, Kmart, CVS, Wal-Mart and several other prominent corporations have banned the sale of baby bottles containing BPA at their stores. Further, Canada has restricted BPA, and Minnesota, Connecticut, Chicago, and three New York counties have already successfully banned BPA from kids' products. In all, more than 30 states and localities in the US are considering legislation to regulate BPA this year.
With all the progress we've made in the last few months getting the spotlight on this important issue, the timing coudn't be better for national change. Federal action is needed right now to protect everyone in the country from BPA, and we need your help to make that happen.
Don't forget to take a moment right now to urge your Senators to Co-Sponsor the BPA Act Today, and then forward this message on to your friends:
Together, we can help make this a safer, healthier country for families across America.