More than 200 research studies back up the fact that the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is harmful for humans. Sadly, this week, our own US government passed on those studies and decided that they’d rather side with the chemical industry than our children. On Thursday, the Senate failed to vote on the passage of a bill that would have resulted, in part, in a ban on the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. According to the Wall Street Journal, on Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), facing major opposition from the chemical industry, withdrew the amendment to ban BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups from consideration. Pressure from the chemical industry, along with other major organizations, has freaked out the government and the chemical industry has gotten what they want – the privilege to keep putting BPA into baby bottles and sippy cups. Lovely.
Feinstein, who has worked many months in order to have the ban on BPA included with the Food Safety Bill says she’ll keep fighting to make this a reality. NPR notes that Feinstein says, “The chemical council says no and I guess the other side of the aisle bows… There is no good reason to expose our children to this chemical.” As parents who don’t want our children exposed to BPA, we don’t have to take this lying down. There have to be some senators who know, deep down, that aligning with chemical industry profits instead of babies, toddlers and parents is wrong. With this in mind, now is the time to act. NRDC offers the following helpful contact information:
If you support Senator Feinstein’s efforts to get BPA out of baby bottles and sippy cups, please call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to get connected with your Senators. Tell them that our little ones deserve the highest amount of protection possible from harmful and toxic BPA ridden products, and that they need to support a ban on BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. And until this chemical is banned, stick to BPA-free baby bottles.
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