After years of campaigning on the issue, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition announces a victory in the battle towards banning bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical linked with breast cancer, from our consumer products.
The federal government has announced a ban on the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups beginning in Fall 2012. Science indicates that exposure to BPA in utero and to young children can have health affects later in life, including the growth of breast tumors. Further research has linked BPA with interfering with the effectiveness of chemotherapy in breast cancer patients.
The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition has been leading both state and federal campaigns to ban BPA. In 2010, MBCC testified before the Boston Public Health Council warning of the link between BPA and breast cancer. In early 2009, MBCC lead a campaign demanding that Governor Patrick issue his support for a Massachusetts-based BPA ban on beverage containers. Heading the call, the Mass. Department of Public Health issued a regulation later that year banning the toxic chemical from baby bottles and sippy cups, citing hazards to pregnant women, women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, and children.
MBCC has also supported Rep. Markey’s bill seeking a broad ban on bisphenol-A and appreciates his leadership as an integral force leading to the federal government’s recent decision to ban it from certain children’s beverage containers.
Banning BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups is a step in the right direction. However, BPA can be found in many other consumer products. Silent Spring Institute conducted a study showing that eliminating consumer sources of the chemical from food containers and packaging effectively lowers levels of the hormone disrupting chemical in the body. Broader bans on this, and other toxic chemicals found in consumer products, are needed.
The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition supports passage of the Safe Chemicals Act, at the federal level, and the Safer Alternatives Bill, at the state level, as the best way to protect our health. Information on these bills can be found here.