Efforts in the Senate to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles failed today as opposition from the industry’s trade group and Republicans overcame Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif) efforts.
BPA, a synthetic estrogen, is widely used in consumer products ranging from hard plastics to canned goods. Studies are still mixed on the exact health threats from BPA, however evidence has shown potentially widespread reproductive and other health dangers.
Feinstein’s ban on BPA in baby bottles would have taken effect in 6 months. However, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the chemical industry’s lobbying group, led the efforts to prevent the ban.
Feinstein voiced frustration over the chemical group’s opposition, saying she didn’t understand how the chemical group could oppose a measure to protect the endocrine systems of infants just because they were set to lose money should it pass.
Feinstein had been working with Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) to insert the measure into the Senate’s pending food safety bill. Among others, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) was against the proposed BPA ban.