BPAFacts.org

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

BPAFacts.org is a website created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a trade association for major chemical companies.[1]

Defending Bisphenol A

The website is a part of the ACC's campaign to defeat a bill before the Californian legislature in 2008. The bill, SB1713, proposes to ban the "manufacture, sale, or distribution in commerce of certain toys and child care articles, as defined, if those products contain specified types of phthalates in concentrations exceeding 1⁄10 of 1%" from January 1, 2009. The bill, if passed, would be known as the Toxin-Free Toddlers and Babies Act.

The Bill would also:

  • ban "commencing January 1, 2010, the manufacture, sale, or distribution in commerce of any liquid, food, or beverage in a can, jar, or other container containing BPA, at a level above 0.1 ppb, if the liquid, food, or beverage is designed or intended primarily for consumption by infants or children three years of age or younger;" and
  • "requires manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative when replacing BPA; requires that the alternative is not a carcinogen or a reproductive toxicant, as defined."[2] and would amend that Health and Safety Code which regulates product safety. The bill is [3]

On its BPAFacts.org website, the ACC claims that "if Sacramento bans BPA, some of your favorite products – including affordable packaged foods – may soon disappear from grocery stores in California ... And a ban on BPA-based protective coatings used in canned foods and beverages to keep them fresh and safe could threaten the safety of our food – by increasing the risk of spoilage and contamination. Maybe that’s why no other state in the country bans BPA. Working families depend on convenient, safe and affordable food packaging and containers to put nutritious meals on the table."[1]

BPAFact Glossy Brochure

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In August, the CheeseSlave blog reported that they had received a direct mail brchure that read "Don’t Let Sacramento Politicians Remove Products From Your Grocery Bag". The brochure stated that "baanning Materials That Keep Our Food Fresh and Safe is a Terrible Idea. Soon, many common, everyday products could disappear from grocery store shelves all across California. WHY? In Sacramento, politicians are considering a ban of BPA — a material that’s been safely used for 50 years in food packaging and a wide variety of plastic products like reusable water and baby bottles."[4]

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Write Your Elected Officials Now!", BPAFacts.org, accessed August 2008.(Cached file)
  2. "Senate Bill No. 1713", California Senate, 2008.
  3. California State Senate, Current Bill Status: Measure: S.B. No. 1713", accessed August 2008.
  4. Ban BPA in California!", Cheese Slave (blog), August 4, 2008.

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