- American Chemistry Council
- American Electronics Association
- California Chamber of Commerce
- California Grocers Association
- California League of Food Processors
- California Manufacturers and Technology Association
- California Retailers Association
- Food Products Association
- Grocery Manufacturers of America
- International Bottled Water Association
- Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
- Metal Container Corp.
- Phthalate Esters Panel
- The Society of the Plastics Industry
- Toy Industry Association
The Washington Post recently covered the new food safety bill on the table, a bill that was already passed overwhelmingly by the House last year and would hopefully make food safer for everyone. Basically the bill would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) better regulatory authority over food production and place greater responsibility on manufacturers and farmers to produce food free from contamination. However, all of the above organizations refuse to back the bill up because of one of the bill’s proposed amendments which would ban BPA from food and beverage containers.
The Post notes that Scott Faber, vice president for federal affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents food companies and retailers says…
“We will not support food safety legislation that bans or phases out BPA from any food and beverage container.”
Recently the FDA admitted that BPA needs harsher regulations and BPA, while controversial, has been studied quite a lot and has been found to have major health risks. However, the big wigs like The FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health all want to waste time examining whether or not BPA is an actual risk before making a statement about the safety of BPA in food and drink containers. Even though BPA exposure is already linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, decreased sensitivity to chemotherapy in cancer patients, developmental and brain effects in infants and more.
I'm not all that surprised but it's still lame.