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  • 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

Blog Posts

  • BPA Ban in Maine

    Maine has become the latest state to impose a ban on the harmful chemical BPA.  Both the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate voted to approve a prohibition on the sale of certain children’s products that contain BPA, which was developed under Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act. Governor LePage had until April 22 to veto Continue Reading

  • CU rebuts industry’s BPA “facts”

    The battle to ban BPA, a chemical used in baby bottles, canned food liners and many other products, continues in several states.  Hundreds of studies point to adverse effects of BPA on human health, from lowered sperm counts in factory workers where BPA is used, to increased diabetes rates in people with elevated BPA levels.   Continue Reading

  • Support for Banning BPA is growing across the Nation

    BPA is making headlines; a study just published in Environmental Health Perspectives suggested that people can reduce their BPA exposure simply by eating fresh food. According to the study, people eating unpackaged fresh food had a 60% decrease in their BPA levels. The study shows that by switching to fresh food, not only would you Continue Reading

  • The Maine Event

    Last Friday, the joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the Maine State Legislature voted unanimously to endorse a bill banning bisphenol A or BPA in children’s products. Consumers in Maine are one step closer to having safe children’s products on store shelves. This bill still has a long road ahead– it still has Continue Reading

  • Iowa Inches Closer to BPA Ban

    On Wednesday, the Iowa Senate passed a bill banning bisphenol A or (BPA) in some children’s products. Concerns over BPA have been steadily mounting due to numerous studies linking BPA to a wide range of adverse health effects. Eight states, Canada and the European Union have already banned BPA in certain children’s products. The Iowa Continue Reading

  • BPA: More than just a border separates the US and Canada

    The Canadian Medical Association Journal recently released an alarming study highlighting the prevalence of BPA in the American body. Comparing data from a host of countries including Germany, Japan, Korea, China, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada; the levels of BPA found in the US were the highest among every age group including young children Continue Reading

  • New study finds ‘soup of chemicals’ in pregnant women

    This week the journal of Environmental Health Perspectives released the results of an alarming study on the chemicals found in pregnant women, and BPA was in evidence.

  • Too many chemicals, not enough sunshine

    Fighting to keep toxic substances out of our products and environment one at a time isn’t working.

  • General Mills Subsidiary Pulls BPA Cans

    General Mills announced that their subsidiary Muir Glen will no longer use Bisphenol A (BPA) tainted cans for their organic tomatoes. What companies will follow suit?

  • Results of our tests on 24 different canned/packaged food

    Here are the actual results from Consumer Reports‘ tests for BPA in 24 different canned/packaged foods.

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