FOOD CHEMICALS: *Big Chemical* Sues California to Stop BPA from being Blacklisted
The American Chemistry Council is suing the Brown administration, saying BPA, a chemical in many food containers, should not be included on a list of substances that cause birth defects.
A coalition of chemical companies is suing the Jerry Brown administration to stop an additive commonly found in food containers from being included in the state’s list of substances that cause birth defects.
The lawsuit by the American Chemistry Council, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court on Friday, seeks to prevent the state’s Environmental Protection Agency from placing new restrictions on the use of Bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical agent widely used to protect aluminum food cans from corrosion and to strengthen plastic bottles, toys and containers…
If the Brown administration prevails, it could lead to warning labels on hundreds of ordinary food and household products and potentially expose manufacturers to a flurry of new lawsuits. Of more concern to the chemical’s producers is the possibility that manufacturers could stop using it altogether…
Allan Hirsch, chief deputy director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, said the 2008 report found “that there is clear evidence that Bisphenol A causes developmental toxicity in laboratory animals.”
That prompted the agency to conduct its own review, leading to the announcement in January that it intended to add BPA to the list of known harmful chemicals. Californians voted for the toxins registry when they passed Proposition 65 in 1986.
Red Flags for BPA (Bishenol-A):
BPA is a reported endocrine-disrupting chemical; numerous peer-reviewed studies conducted by independent scientists have linked exposure to BPA to a variety of adverse health consequences including increased risk for endocrine-related cancers including breast cancer and prostate cancer, gynecomastia (abnormal breast growth in males), heart disease, abnormalities in liver function, low sperm counts in men, metabolic abnormalities, weight gain/obesity, increased serum cholesterol levels, neurological damage/altered brain development (including a link with schizophrenia), abnormal puberty advances, disruptions and abnormalities, insulin resistance and diabetes, and adverse reproductive and developmental effects.
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