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Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A is a toxin found in cans, sports bottles, food-storage containers and baby bottles. Hundreds of studies have linked BPA to health problems including breast and prostate cancer, early puberty, and developmental issues in fetuses and babies.

Consumers Union Documents

  • State laws on BPA

    Tens of thousands of you joined our national campaign to get the harmful chemical bisphenol A out of children’s products–and your work is having a huge impact! Eleven states have now passed bans on BPA in certain children’s food and drink containers, and bills have been introduced in Congress to do the same nationally. Some Continue Reading

  • BPA Factsheet

    What is BPA? BPA is short for bisphenol A, a chemical found in the linings of cans and in many plastic products, including sports bottles, food-storage containers and baby bottles. BPA helps make plastics strong while staying lightweight, and is also used as a coating inside metal food cans. Why the concern? Unlike other chemicals, Continue Reading

  • Getting BPA out of our food and drink products

    What is BPA? BPA is short for bisphenol A, a chemical found in the linings of cans and in many plastic products, including sports bottles, food-storage containers and baby bottles. BPA helps make plastics strong while staying lightweight, and is also used as a coating inside metal food cans. Why the concern? Unlike other chemicals, Continue Reading

Press Releases

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Blog Posts

  • Double win for kids’ safety in new BPA & arsenic rules

    It doesn’t take a parent to know that exposing children to toxins in their juice or infant formula is a bad idea.   But a lot of us here at Consumers Union wear the badges of concerned parents (and grandparents) alongside our consumer advocate titles – and that’s why we’re doubly glad at two recent Continue Reading

  • FDA says no more BPA in baby bottles

    New parents have one less thing to worry about after the FDA’s announcement today that baby bottles and kids’ sippy cups can no longer contain bisphenol A, or BPA, a common chemical in plastic products. Consumers Union has long advocated for banning BPA from baby bottles (and other products such as infant formula containers and Continue Reading

  • FDA rejects ban on BPA

    The FDA last week rejected a petition to ban the chemical BPA from food and beverage containers, citing insufficient evidence of its health effects. Consumers Union expressed disappointment at the announcement, noting in a press release that there’s  ”ample scientific evidence about the health risks of BPA for the agency to take action now and Continue Reading

  • Congressman, food industry not waiting for FDA decision on BPA

    Although the FDA is poised to make an announcement by the end of March concerning the use of the chemical BPA in food packaging, Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) took preemptive action yesterday asking the agency to permanently ban BPA from infant formula and baby food packaging, reusable food storage containers and canned goods. “Industry practice, Continue Reading

  • FDA: expect decision on BPA by the end of March

    In response to a lawsuit by the National Resources Defense Council, the FDA has now stated that the agency will make a decision on the safety of  bisphenol A in food packaging by March 31, 2012. The NRDC filed a petition with the FDA in 2008 requesting a ban on BPA in any packaging or Continue Reading

  • US considers BPA ban for some products; France says no more BPA, period

    The wheels are in motion at the FDA to begin review of last week’s unexpected request from the American Chemistry Council, the industry group which represents the manufacturers of the known endocrine disruptor BPA.   Their petition urges the agency to change regulations and no longer allow BPA in the manufacture of baby bottles and sippy Continue Reading

  • Chemical companies tell the FDA: “No more BPA in baby bottles”

    In an unexpected move today, chemical companies filed a request asking the FDA to change regulations that currently allow BPA to be used in the manufacture of baby bottles and sippy cups for young children. The industry says BPA hasn’t been used in the manufacture of these products in several years, and that their request Continue Reading

  • A host of victories for California consumers

    Consumers Union applauds California lawmakers and the Governor for passing into law several bills that will help protect consumers from dangerous and deceptive products, and improve ways to access affordable, quality health care in the state. As important, we applaud you for helping us get them passed! •    Protecting kids from BPA:  California is now Continue Reading

  • CA moves towards BPA ban as more damning evidence released of health effects

    California took one step closer yesterday towards a ban on BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups for children as the State Senate voted 21-19 in support of the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act. The legislation passed the Assembly earlier this year, but as amendments were made to the bill’s language in the Senate, it Continue Reading

  • Avoiding BPA: how one family lives can-free(ish)

    The following is a guest blog by Amanda Buchanan, a consumer activist from Idaho, submitted to Consumers Union in support of our recent Kick the Can action to get BPA out of canned goods.   Going can-free was learning process for Amanda and her family that evolved over several years (and still continues to evolve!).   We Continue Reading

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