Target: Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Goal: Commend the banning of dangerous chemical from baby formula and encourage further regulation
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a harmful chemical used in packaging many beverages and food products. Over time, the chemical can leak from the packaging into the food itself and be unwittingly ingested by consumers. Scientific studies have linked exposure to BPA with a number of health problems, including obesity, developmental problems, reproductive health issues, and even cancer. Recently, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a big step in protecting the most vulnerable members of society from this dangerous chemical by banning its use in baby formula packaging.
Although many manufacturers have already removed BPA from their products in response to consumer outcry, and the FDA previously banned the chemical from use in baby bottles and sippy cups in 2012, this additional ban is necessary to ensure that America’s infants and children are fully protected. It also suggests that the FDA recognizes the potential of BPA to cause health problems, which could lead to it being banned from use in a wider range of products. Currently, it is still approved for use in other items, such as canned food packaging and plastic water bottles.
The FDA plays an important role in making sure that America’s food and drug products are safe for consumers. The ban of this harmful chemical from baby products shows that they have not forgotten this responsibility. Please sign the petition below to commend the FDA for banning the use of BPA from baby products, and to support efforts to remove it from other products.
Dear Dr. Margaret Hamburg,
Bisphenal A (BPA) has been shown by several scientific studies to cause a range of health issues. Despite this, it has continued to be used in many items that Americans regularly come into contact with including food packaging and plastic beverage containers. Under your leadership, the FDA recently took action to protect some of the nation’s most vulnerable by banning the use of BPA in baby formula packaging,
This important move will help to protect infants and children from the harmful effects of BPA exposure, which can include developmental problems and cancer. As a consumer, I also hope that this recognition of BPA’s potential danger will lead to further efforts to restrict its use; unfortunately, the FDA has yet to ban the chemical from many other food products.
Your agency plays a vital role in regulating food and drug manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe for America’s consumers. Like your actions in 2012 which banned the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, this move reflects a continued dedication to that goal. Please continue to remove potentially unsafe chemicals from use in food products and packaging.
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