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Canada Declares BPA Toxic

plastic bottlesLast week, the government of Canada formally declared bisphenol A (BPA) to be a toxic substance. The US still denies it.

This comes after Canada’s first national physical study on BPA revealed that 91% of Canadians have the chemical in their bodies, with teenagers having the highest concentrations.
As we have noted in numerous Pulse articles and Action Alerts, there are serious health risks from exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical BPA. As a result, there have been nationwide efforts to ban it from food and beverage containers, especially those used by babies and children. ANH-USA has petitioned the FDA to review the widespread use of BPA in children’s dental products, but the Agency has not deigned to respond.
Animal tests show that BPA, a plastics hardener that is also a synthetic estrogen, can cause reproductive and behavioral abnormalities and lower intellectual ability, and sets the stage for cancers, obesity, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
The New York Times reports that Canada’s move was strenuously fought by its chemical industry. Designating BPA as toxic will make it easier to ban the use of BPA in specific products through regulations rather than by amending legislation, a cumbersome and slow process, according to an official at Environment Canada.

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7 thoughts on “Canada Declares BPA Toxic

  • JA

    BPA has to go. When will the USA learn the truth or since they know it get it out of my plastics anything else it might be in. Enough already. Big Goverment and Big Business. Oh yes and don’t for get the politicians

  • I wish the US government were more enlightened. I am becoming increasingly disgusted with the way things are dione (or not done) in this country!
    As I said in another comment today, I think it’s mainly about human greed, which knows no limits. Greed is the sickness that nearly all of us suffer from, and there is no cure for that, that I know of.

  • Bill Ridgeway

    Another case of lobbist paying someone in the FDA to divert the testing results. The big chemical corperations will do anything so they don’t lose money on thier products. Thats why we need to stop the lobbust and elect someone who will govern for the people not the corperations. Remember to VOTE on Nov 2.

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