Target: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Acting Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Ostroff, M.D.
Goal: Ban the use of cancer and disease causing chemical, BPA, in the lining of canned food.
For two decades, scientists have built an air-tight case against the use of BPA anywhere near food, yet BPA is still being used to line cans that store food. BPA is a synthetic estrogen linked to breast cancer, reproductive damage, developmental problems and heart disease. When it’s used to line the walls of cans, it leaks into the food and, ultimately, poisons whoever eats it. There’s no speculation about the danger of BPA. It’s proven to be toxic and we should not be eating it in any amount at all.
Nevertheless, while some companies took a pledge to stop using BPA in cans, many others continue to use it, including big brands like Target’s Market Pantry and Bush’s. In fact, more than 75 companies continue to use BPA to line cans containing food, but consumers have no way to protect themselves because Congress never approved labeling for BPA. All of us eat some canned foods, so there’s a good chance we ingest BPA and that’s an outrage.
Congress has completely failed in its responsibility to protect citizens from a toxic substance in our food supply. We are forced to ingest poison when we should be capable of making an informed choice and avoid it. This would doubtless hinder commercial sales for some companies which is why we can’t get transparency about BPA. Congress, stuffed with campaign contributions from chemical companies, won’t allow it. We have no way to protect ourselves except to demand BPA, a proven carcinogen, be banned from use in cans containing food.
Dear FDA Commissioner, Dr. Ostroff,
There isn’t any speculation about BPA. It’s a proven toxin linked to breast cancer, reproductive damage, developmental problems and heart disease. So why is it allowed to line the walls of cans containing food? There is no justification for this. The government is supposed to be protecting its citizens from toxins, not enabling the use of already-identified toxins with food.
Congress has completely failed to protect citizens by not banning BPA and then, by refusing to pass labeling requirements. By walking away from their responsibility twice, Congress allows poisoners to prosper when they should be required to remove toxic substances from cans containing food or identify that it’s there so we can avoid it. All of us eat some canned foods and, without transparency about BPA, we have no way of making an informed choice about what we’re eating. Government is not operating for the people. It’s operating on behalf of corporate interests and private gain. BPA should be banned from use in cans containing food.
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