Looks like California is going to drop the hammer on BPA.
According to a release from BreastCancerFund.org, the California Environmental Protection Agency plans to add bisphenol A (BPA) to the state’s official list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects.
"Cal-EPA said BPA, “appears to meet the criteria for listing as known to the State to cause reproductive toxicity” under the state’s landmark toxics law, Proposition 65. Once BPA is listed, manufacturers and retailers may have to disclose the presence of BPA in products they sell in California."
What is significant here is not only the size and population of California when compared to other states which have passed legislation controlling the use of BPA, but the fact that what California does is highly visible to the rest of the country.
Another quote from that release is revealing.
“In many cases, manufacturers have chosen to remove Prop. 65 chemicals from their products rather than label them.”
I wonder why they would do that. Probably because they don’t want to reveal the other chemical components of their plastics, and have them subject to independent scientific review.
This goes to confirm what many of us already suspect. In addition to BPA and phthalates, there are probably other chemicals used in plastics which are cause for concern.
Solution: start cutting back on all plastics. The alternatives to plastics are much more attractive anyway.
Read the full release here...
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