Meng Introduces Bill To Ban BPA From Food

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

One of Queens’ congress members introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to ban a dangerous chemical from food and beverage containers.

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) put forward the Ban Poisonous Additives Act on July 9 to outlaw bispenol-A, also known as BPA, from any containers used to carry either food or beverages. She introduced the bill alongside U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), while U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) did the same in the Senate.

BPA is a carbon-based, synthetic compound used to harden plastics, making it part of products like thermoses and canned food. According to studies by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the chemical has been linked to breast cancer, infertility, early puberty and other health conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have mentioned that the substance is so prevalent in household items that more than 90 percent of the U.S. population has traces of it in their urine.

If the bill passes, the federal government would facilitate and incentivize the use of substitute chemicals that do not have a negative biological or environmental impact.

“Prohibiting the use of BPA chemicals in food packaging and developing less dangerous alternatives is a smart, common sense approach to improving the safety of our children and families,” Meng said. “These improvements would also go a long way towards protecting workers who produce products that contain BPA. I urge the House to swiftly pass this critical piece of legislation.”

The bill would go into effect 180 days after being signed into law, if it passes.

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