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Capitol Health Call
May 13, 2009

BPA Ban Proposed

JAMA. 2009;301(18):1868. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.605

Legislation introduced in March seeks to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food and beverage containers and items used by young children.

Although the science is not conclusive, “[e]vidence is mounting that exposure to [BPA] is dangerous for developing children,” stated Sen Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif), who submitted the Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2009 (S 593 and HR 1523 [http://thomas.loc.gov]). “Americans should not be used as guinea pigs by chemical companies while we wait, potentially for several years, for more scientific evidence to show this chemical is harmful to our health,” Feinstein said in a release.