Congress told use of BPA in formula cans safe
By staff reporter, 05-Jan-2009
Source of Article: http://www.dairyreporter.com/Safety-Hygiene/US-Congress-told-use-of-BPA-in-formula-cans-safe
New York based company Bristol-Myers Squibb spent $840,000 (€614,040) in the third
quarter on lobbying the US
Congress on safety and pricing issues including a bill that would ban the use
of Bisphenol A (BPA) in infant formula food
packaging, according to media reports.
manufacturers Enfamil infant formula
and lobbied to inform US lawmakers that the materials used to line infant
are safe, claims the Associated Press (AP).
BPA is used in the
material that coats the interior of most food and beverage cans, including
baby formula containers.
A recent study by a
team of UK
researchers found that higher concentrations of the chemical in urine were linked
with heart disease, type two diabetes and liver
And, in September,
scientists from the US National Toxicology Programme said that effects on
reproductive development from BPA
in packaging cannot be ruled out.
In August, California
lawmakers voted down a bill requiring that food and drink containers intended
for children age three and younger contain no more than trace amounts of the
controversial chemical; the bill had been vigorously opposed by both the US
Can Manufacturers Institute and the American Chemistry Council.
The US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) announced last month that it has no plans to review its
stance on BPA, but will continue to research the chemical.
The regulator said
that it is re-evaluating available data, and planning to source additional
information so as to strengthen the exposure estimates from all dietary
sources of BPA, particularly those relevant to infants and children.
In October, the
Canadian government formally declared BPA a hazardous substance and placed
the chemical on its list of toxic substances.
It is to introduce new
regulations to prohibit the importation, sale and advertising of
polycarbonate baby bottles that contain the chemical, as well as taking
action to limit the amount of BPA being released into the environment.
And associations in Canada have
recently called on the government to introduce a wide-ranging ban on the use
of BPA in food packaging claiming that pregnant women could be at risk of
ingesting it through food and inadvertently exposing foetuses to the