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US Should Ban Toxic Chemical BPA

Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010 09:40 AM

Canada “has declared bisphenol A [known as BPA], a chemical widely used to create clear, hard plastics, as well as food can liners, to be a toxic substance,” according to The New York Times of Oct. 14.

This followed Canada’s ban of BPA two years ago “in polycarbonate bottles used by infants and children.”

The compound still can be used in a host of products in Canada, but “the move would make it easier to ban the use of BPA in specific products through regulations.”

The decision was “condemned by the American Chemical Council.”

It is true that the European Food Safety Authority has not banned BPA, but both France and Denmark have “imposed bans on some uses of BPA.”

When the United States refused to allow thalidomide to be sold in this country, even though it was being sold in Europe, we saved countless children from being born limbless and otherwise deformed.

Shouldn’t we err on the side of safety with regard to BPA, especially when children are most prone to absorb the chemical and “the highest concentrations of the compound were found in teenagers, with younger children a close second?”

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