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March 30, 2012
Toxic BPA: FDA Rejects NRDC Request to Remove BPA From Food Supply
Washington, DC — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made an announcement today responding to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to prohibit BPA use as a food additive. FDA has stated it will not ban BA. FDA has stated it will not ban BA. The Wall Street Journal has reported that FDA says it “lacks scientific information” to restrict the chemical.

November 10, 2011
Toxic BPA: Chemical Industry Claims American Baby Bottles & Sippy Cups Are BPA-Free, Asks FDA for New Rule
Washington, DC — The American Chemistry Council issued a statement on Friday about the synthetic sex hormone bisphenol A ( BPA) that some of its member companies produce, an endocrine disrupting chemical made from petroleum products used in canned food linings, thermal receipt paper, and many polycarbonate plastic products such as baby bottles and sippy cups. Nearly a dozen states have already implemented restrictions on BPA.

June 9, 2011
Letter to FDA regarding BPA in Cans Study
We are writing in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent publication of research that shows that BPA leaches from the linings of canned foods into the foods themselves. As members of the Workgroup for Safe Markets, and authors of No Silver Lining: An Investigation into Bisphenol A in Canned Foods (May 2010), we were not surprised to see the results of FDA’s study; they are consistent with our report and several others.

January 27, 2011
Ban Toxic BPA: Environmental Health Groups Support New Bills in Congress
Washington, DC — Environmental health advocacy groups concerned with toxic chemicals in food and beverages applaud Senator Diane Feinstein and Representative Edward Markey, who both introduced bills this week to limit hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A in baby bottles, sippy cups and food and beverage containers.

January 15, 2010
FDA's BPA Announcement is an About Face on the Toxic Chemical — Environmental Health Groups Laud FDA's Concern about BPA, Call for Further Action
San Francisco, CA — Scientists, physicians, consumers, and environmental health advocates responded with mixed emotions on Friday when the FDA made its announcement regarding the toxic chemical  bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic sex hormone linked to illness. The announcement had been expected November 30th, and advocates were hoping the delay meant a more thorough investigation into the health studies on BPA that had been ignored by the previous administration.

December 14, 2009
Toxic Chemical Bisphenol A Still Not Banned By FDA; Schumer, Gillibrand Call for Ban; Govt Official Warns Public
San Francisco, CA — Scientists, physicians, consumers, and environmental health advocates responded with relief on Friday when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the administrator of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Dr. Linda Birnbaum, cautioned the public to avoid exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic sex hormone linked to illness. Birnbaum's announcement comes as frustration and concern  mounts for the missed deadline by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its expected November 30th announcement that it would release its safety review of BPA.

December 10, 2009
Toxic Chemicals in Bodies Report From Centers for Disease Control: Environmental Health Advocates Respond
San Francisco, CA — The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) released today by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is on the right track with a focus on testing people’s bodies for chemical contamination, say physicians, scientists, and environmental health advocates working on chemical exposure issues.

Toxic BPA Contamination — Groups Support Consumer’s Union Call for FDA Protection From BPA in Canned Food Read Advisory
San Francisco, CA — In response to Consumer Reports’ new report on contamination of canned food products with the synthetic sex hormone bisphenol A (BPA), the Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Action, Clean New York, Center for Health Environment, & Justice, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Environmental Council and other environmental health advocates support Consumer Union’s new report demonstrating contamination of canned food products with the synthetic sex hormone bisphenol A (BPA), which leaches from the can linings. The groups echoed the call for FDA to stop immediately act to protect consumers from BPA.

August 17, 2009
FDA gets update on bisphenol A evaluation
San Francisco, CA — Scientists, physicians, consumers and other environmental health advocates today responded to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff presentation to the Science Advisory Board on the progress of the agency's review of bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical and synthetic sex hormone linked to reproductive harm, altered brain development, cancer, diabetes, heart problems and other illness. Last fall, the Science Advisory Board criticized an earlier FDA determination that use of BPA in food contact products was safe.

March 12, 2009
New FDA Appointees Face Chemical Challenge: Scientists, Physicians, Health Advocates pledge support to reform broken regulatory system
Bisphenol A in baby bottles; lead in lipstick; formaldehyde in baby shampoo; pesticide contamination in imported foods — these are just a few examples of the hazards to our health from a disempowered and underfunded FDA. These are just a few of the challenges facing FDA Commissioner nominee Dr. Margaret Hamburg and Deputy Commisioner nominee, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein.