Fran Pavley, the California senator who is sponsoring a bill to remove toxic bisphenol A (BPA) from children’s products like baby bottles and sippy cups, says her bill faces stiff opposition from — the formula companies.
They are even embarking on a scare campaign, telling parents there will be formula shortages if they are forced to remove BPA — which is an estrogenic chemical in plastics and the inside lining of cans that have been linked to everything from early onset puberty to breast cancer.
Pavley wrote about the industry’s opposition in a blog post for the Environmental Working Group magazine:
The powerful chemical industry has mounted an all out assault against my bill to protect our children. Highly paid lobbyists for popular formula companies are trying to kill SB 797 by telling my colleagues that alternative products aren’t available and a ban on BPA would cause a formula shortage. Yet, at the same time these companies are marketing a variety of formula and food containers to parents as “BPA free.“
California has always been a leader on environmental and health issues, but we are already behind other states and countries, which have already banned BPA from children’s products.
Please contact your representative in the Assembly and urge him/her to protect our children from harm by voting for SB 797. Let’s get this dangerous chemical out of our children’s food and drink.
Pavley includes a link to let Californians urge their Assemblymembers to support her bill. The state Assembly is expected to vote on the bill in the next two or three weeks.
For my part, I am helping MomsRising.org spread the word on two rallies for Pavley’s bill. Here are two things you can do: You can attend this rally in Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 19. Check out the Facebook page on it and pass along to all your family and friends in SoCal!
The other rally is so very important as all state Assemblymembers will be there to see it. One of our policy partners, the Breast Cancer Fund, is hosting a rally in front of the state capitol building in Sacramento on Wednesday, August 26. Again, please see the Facebook page here and forward to all your family and friends in northern California. It is so important we get people to this rally to show the state Assembly there is widespread support for this bill as they will be hearing from the chemical industry and formula companies.
Thanks all for your commitment to protecting our children from toxic chemicals!