Health Watchdog Files Petition Over Disease Causing Toxic Chemical in Food Cans

Health Watchdog Files Petition Over Disease Causing Toxic Chemical in Food Cans
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has filed a legal petition to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) demanding that the state Safer Consumer Products program regulate BPA (Bisfenol A) in canned food and beverages. BPA is a controversial chemical produced in large quantities for use in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are used in products like food and drink packaging – such as water and infant bottles, safety equipment, and medical devices. Epoxy resins are usually found in lacquers to coat metal products – like food cans, bottle tops, and some dental sealants and composites. BPA has been linked to birth defects, breast cancer, prostate cancer, low sperm counts, abnormal sexual development in males, early sexual maturation in females, increasing prevalence of obesity, and damage to the immune system. "The state has denied consumers the right to know when canned food contains this dangerous chemical, despite long-established rules that require companies to warn consumers about this toxic risk," said Michael Green, CEH’s chief executive officer, in a press release. "We are calling on the state to end this assault on consumer choice. There is no excuse for denying us our right to know when harmful chemicals are in our food." The petition is grounded on the fact that last year California added BPA to its Proposition 65 l
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