Finally the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is caving in regarding a BPA ban, but not because of their deep concern for family safety. No… that would be too sane. Instead the FDA has finally changed their tune because on September 19, 2011 the American Chemistry Council (ACC) sent a petition to the FDA requesting that infant feeding bottles and spill-proof cups, “Be removed from the scope of permitted food contact applications for polycarbonate resins.” The ACC goes on to say that their petition is, “Based solely on the grounds that these uses have been intentionally and permanently abandoned by all major product manufacturers.” Now, before you start developing warm and fuzzy feelings for the FDA or the ACC, read on to see why this whole BPA ban is a bit of a joke.
First of all, it’s a little late in the game for the FDA to hop on the, “Let’s ban BPA” train. The Natural Resources Defense Council sent the same sort of proposal to the FDA three years ago. The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition (11 million strong) has been trying to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 for years. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Tons of other organizations have rallied, signed petitions and asked nicely (and not so nicely) for a BPA ban. 11 U.S. states have banned BPA used in baby bottles and sippy cups all on their own, along with the European Union, Canada and China. In fact, here at Inhabitots, we’ve been writing about how families should avoid BPA since our launch in 2008. The FDA has ignored us all. Then, along comes the ACC with a petition to ban BPA and it takes the FDA all of three weeks to consider the idea gold. Really FDA? Keep reading, because it gets worse.