Tell Oregon Lawmakers: Protect Kids from BPA Poisoning
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a hormone-disrupting chemical that's been linked to heart disease, diabetes, early onset puberty, reproductive problems, childhood asthma, and a host of other health disorders. Despite the growing mountain of evidence showcasing BPA's potential health risks, the chemical still appears in countless food and beverage containers, including kids' products like baby bottles and sippy cups.
Oregon's Senate Bill 695 attempted to protect the state's infants and children from BPA's dangerous health risks. The bill would have banned BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups by 2012, created an advisory group to consider "BPA-free" labels for canned foods and beverages, and required the Oregon Health Authority to use BPA-free infant formula containers by 2013.
Despite widespread support for SB 695 from environmental, health, and labor groups as well as from Governor John Kitzhaber, the legislation died in the House.
But it's not too late to protect Oregon's children! Some lawmakers are working on another bill that would ban BPA in kids' products like baby bottles and sippy cups. Let's help protect Oregon's kids from a dangerous toxin linked to all kinds of health disorders. Tell Oregon lawmakers to pass a state ban on BPA in children's products.
BPA has been linked to a host of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, childhood asthma, reproductive problems, and early onset puberty, just to name a few. Nine states have already banned BPA in children's products, and Canada registers the hormone-disrupting chemical as a toxic substance. Gregg Coodley, a Portland-area physician, recently said that "there's just an amazing amount of evidence of the toxicity of bisphenols."
Please don't let opposition from the Grocery Manufacturers Association and American Chemistry Council sway your support for a BPA ban. A recent poll showed that 75 percent of Oregon's voters support a ban on BPA in kids' food and beverage containers. Lawmakers have an obligation to protect children from hazardous chemicals.
Please do the right thing, and protect Oregon's most vulnerable population. Pass a law that would ban BPA in children's products.