Processing Magazine

Congressman petitions Feds to ban BPA in food packaging

March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts congressman Rep. Edward J. Markey asked the Federal government on Friday to ban the chemical bisphenol A, also known as BPA, from use in food and beverage containers, The Washington Post reported.

Research suggests that exposure to BPA can contribute to several health problems, but Markey did not premise his request on the chemical’s dangers.

Instead, he used a provision that allows people to petition for changes to food additive rules if it can be shown that an additive’s old use has been abandoned.

Markey’s office polled the food industry and found that major manufacturers no longer use BPA in their food packaging.

Using this “abandonment” clause enables the government to sidestep the debate over whether BPA is safe and still bar the chemical’s use, the article stated.

“Consumer pressure coupled with industry practice have closed the door on the use of BPA in these products, and these petitions to FDA will lock the door so that it remains forever shut,” Markey said in a statement.