We expect the food we eat to be safe, but events like the recent recall of more than half a billion eggs show us our system is failing us. The United States Senate is expected to take action as early as this week on critical federal food safety legislation, the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510). We urge you to support this bill.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) plans to offer an amendment to the food safety bill that would ban the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from sippy cups, baby bottles, baby food and infant formula containers. We need to protect our kids from BPA. Over 200 studies have linked BPA to health effects such as reproductive disorders, prostate and breast cancer, birth defects, low sperm count, early puberty and effects on brain development and behavior.
To make sure that both this vital amendment and underlying legislation have strong support, we need you to contact your Senators today and urge them to support both the new food safety bill and Senator Feinstein's BPA amendment.
BPA leaches from containers like sippy cups, baby bottles, baby food and infant formula canisters into the food and drink inside where it is then ingested by babies and children. The CDC found BPA in 93 percent of all Americans. Just last year EWG research revealed BPA in umbilical cord blood of newborns, which demonstrates that babies are exposed to this toxic chemical before they are born.
While the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will address many of the enormous problems with our food safety system, we also need to act now to protect children from BPA. Senator Feinstein's amendment banning the potentially harmful chemical BPA from children's food and drink containers is an essential amendment to this bill. Please urge your Senators today to support the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and Senator Feinstein's BPA amendment.
Thank you for taking the time to stand up to protect children from BPA and for safer food.
Together, our voices are stronger.
President, EWG Action Fund
Slow Food USA also has a food safety petition and a new video on the massive egg recall.