As we've been reporting, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has been working to amend the Food Safety Modernization Act to include restrictions on the toxic chemical BPA. Days ago, Sen. Feinstein released details of her plan, which focuses on protecting our most vulnerable: infants and toddlers. Her amendment will ban BPA from baby bottles, sippy cups, infant formula and baby food for children under the age of three.
More than 200 studies have found evidence that BPA exposure at very low doses is linked to a staggering number of health problems, including prostate and breast cancer, obesity, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, altered development of the brain and immune system, lowered sperm counts and early-onset puberty. Scientists are particularly concerned about exposure to BPA during infancy, when children's brains and other organ systems are constantly developing. Any disruption to their hormonal system during development can set the stage for later-life health problems.
Sen. Feinstein's amendment bans the use of this hormone-disruptor in baby bottles and sippy cups within six months and from formula and baby food containers within two years. It also requires the Food and Drug Administration to issue a revised safety assessment for BPA in all food containers by the end of 2012.
Will your senators support this amendment? Ask them in person!
The Senate is on recess until September 14. Consider requesting a meeting with your senators while they're home. If your senator is up for reelection, attend a campaign event. Ask for a commitment to support the amendment.
Or, communicate with your senator via the Breast Cancer Fund's online action center.