Senators want mandatory BPA labelling

By Joseph James Whitworth

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FDA and EFSA recently said BPA poses no risk at levels found
FDA and EFSA recently said BPA poses no risk at levels found
Two US senators have introduced an act that would require food packaging to be labelled if it contains Bisphenol A (BPA).

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy introduced the ‘BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know ​Act’ which would require packaging with BPA to have a label saying: “This food packaging contains BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical, according to the National Institutes of Health​.”

This bill directs Health and Human Services to do a safety assessment of food containers containing BPA to determine if there is reasonable certainty that low-dose, long-term exposure will not cause negative health effects.

Customers deserve to know if items at the grocery store could expose them to BPA, said Senator Feinstein  

“This straightforward bill would simply require packaging that contains BPA to be labeled, so consumers can make the best decisions for their families.”

The senators said alternatives to BPA would also be evaluated.

Senator Leahy said he believes in the right of consumers to make informed choices.

Knowledge is empowering, and knowledge about BPA ingredients can also stimulate further reforms by the marketplace.”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have evaluated the substance recently and both said it is safe at current exposure levels.

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