July 28, 2014
Legislation entitled “The Ban Poisonous Additives Act” has been introduced by Democrats in both chambers of the U.S. Congress to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) from food packaging.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BPA is used to manufacture polycarbonate plastics, which are employed in the manufacture of some types of beverage containers, compact disks, plastic dinnerware, impact-resistant safety equipment, automobile parts, and toys. BPA epoxy resins are used in the protective linings of food cans, dental sealants, and other products.
If enacted, the bill would require that within 180 days of the law passing, any reusable food and beverage containers, such as water bottles, to-go containers, and coffee thermoses, may no longer be sold. Additionally, food and beverage products with BPA in their packaging, such as food cans with the protective lining made from BPA resin, would also be banned from store shelves.