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Feature: Bisphenol A

Unhealthy Chemicals in Our Food

Bisphenol A is used to make food and beverage containers that range from baby bottles to cans of tomato sauce. Growing scientific evidence shows that BPA, as it's called, is hazardous to our health. The hormone-disrupting chemical routinely contaminates what we eat -- and has been linked to cancer, infertility and obesity, among other problems. It's especially risky to infants and children. NRDC experts have called on the government to ban this unsafe chemical from food packaging.

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California makes it official - BPA is a reproductive hazard.

Posted April 12, 2013 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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California has officially placed BPA or Bisphenol A on the ‘Prop 65 list’ of chemicals recognized by the State to be reproductive hazards.  The listing does not ban the chemical but could result in warning labels in consumer products which...continued

Dateline TV Producer Tested for Chemicals - What She Finds Will Shock You!

Posted March 25, 2013 by Mae Wu in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Did you catch the Dateline episode yesterday? It was a great report – a real life look at some of the chemicals that we, in the NRDC Health program, have been working on for years. The producer Andrea Canning wanted to...continued

What's for lunch? Likely a few hormone-disrupting chemicals - phthalates and BPA

Posted February 27, 2013 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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You can’t see it, smell it or taste it.  It isn’t on the label or ingredient list - but a new study out today confirms that food is a major source of exposure to chemicals found in plastics. The study...continued

Bisphenol A to be listed on California's Prop 65 list!

Posted January 25, 2013 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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Today a California EPA office announced that they intend to put bisphenol A or BPA on the Prop 65 list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity.  This listing is long overdue and is not based on any new science....continued

3 Steps the FDA Can Take in 2013 to Show It Is Protecting Americans from Harm

Posted January 17, 2013 by Peter Lehner in Health and the Environment

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The Food and Drug Administration recently announced two sweeping programs for protecting Americans from contamination in our food.  Every year tens of thousands of Americans get sick from the presence of Salmonella, E.coli, and other bacteria in the food we...continued

How Does the FDA Know What Is Safe to Eat or Buy If It Doesn't Define Safe?

Posted December 19, 2012 by Peter Lehner in Health and the Environment

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More than 90 percent of Americans carry residues of the chemical BPA in our bodies, according to the Centers for Disease Control. We encounter the chemical through every day products such canned food, and ATM receipts, and this steady exposure...continued

A Glacial Pace: the FDA Lets Decades Go By without Acting on Own Health Warnings

Posted December 14, 2012 by Peter Lehner in Health and the Environment

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In the past few years, Americans have grown concerned about the risks of pumping farm animals with antibiotics. Recent reports of antibiotic-resistant superbugs jumping from livestock to people have inspired consumers to demand antibiotic-free meat from grocery stores and restaurant...continued

Are Mermaids in Chicago's Future?

Posted July 27, 2012 by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Seen any mermaids in Lake Michigan? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took the odd step of announcing that there is no such thing as the mythical half-fish, half-human creature that occupied so much of sailors' fantasy focus in...continued

Baby steps to a BPA ban.

Posted June 13, 2012 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Washington Post reported that the FDA is considering a ban on the use of BPA in infant formula packaging as a result of a petition filed by Congressmen Ed Markey.  A few months ago, FDA indicated that they were...continued

Profile of the Chemical Industry: Power, Corruption & Lies

Posted May 11, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This week the Chicago Tribune published a remarkable 4-part series about the chemical industry and its deeply dishonest campaign to perpetuate the use of toxic flame retardants in household products.   This series is essential reading for every parent, every person...continued

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