NEW YORK—Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced new legislation to ban Bisphenol-A (BPA) from common products used by children and pregnant women on Sunday, Dec. 13. BPA is a chemical used to make plastics clear and shatter-resistant, also found in the linings of cans and baby bottles. A recent Consumer Reports’ study showed that BPA is now being used in a wider range of products and consumables in higher concentrations than thought before.
“This study adds to the mounting evidence that BPA is not only harmful for our children but for an overwhelming majority of Americans,” Schumer said. “There have been enough warning signs about the dangers of this chemical that we cannot sit idly by and continue to allow residents across New York City to be exposed. We need to keep this dangerous chemical out of the food chain.”
The report shows that BPA poses major health risks that affect reproduction and neural development because the chemical mimics estrogen. Infants and toddlers have the highest risk because they have the highest level of exposure at a time when risks to reproduction and neural development are greatest.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 95 percent of Americans tested have BPA levels at or above levels that cause abnormalities in animals. Studies on lab animals and BPA have shown a link between obesity, infertility, behavioral changes, miscarriages, prostrate problems, and cancer.
“We have to worry because manufacturers are still using this chemical widely, and it’s getting into our foods,” Schumer said.