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TAKE ACTION: ANHUSA Files Petition to Ban BPA in Cash Register Receipts

Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by *GG*, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. *GG*

    *GG* Senior Member

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    Today, the Alliance for Natural Health USA is filing a Citizen Petition with the Consumer Products Safety Commission to have bisphenol-A (BPA) banned from cash register receipts, the little-known but most common pathway into your body. Please help make the CPSC pay attention to the latest science.

    As we have reported numerous times, there are serious health risks from exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical BPA. As a result, there have been nationwide efforts to ban it from food and beverage containers, especially those used by babies and children. Animal tests show that BPA, a plastics hardener that is also a synthetic estrogen, can cause reproductive and behavioral abnormalities and lower intellectual ability, and sets the stage for cancers, obesity, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

    ANH-USA filed a Citizen Petition with the US Food and Drug Administration last year, asking the FDA to study and warn the public of the effects of BPA in childrens dental treatments and devices, an area that has received almost no attention. Childrens teeth are commonly coated with BPA, which is absurd. The FDA acknowledged receipt of our petition, but has otherwise responded with silence.

    This spring, researchers at the Environmental Working Group collected samples of carbonless and thermal cash register receipts from fast food restaurants, big retailers, grocery stores, gas stations and post offices in seven states and the District of Columbia and had them tested by a renowned lab. The lab found that 40 percent had high levels of BPA. And just last week, a new study by John C. Warner, acclaimed as the co-founder of green chemistry, found measurable levels of BPA in receipts from eight out of ten suburban Boston-area grocery stores.

    We now need your help with a two-pronged Action Alert. Please contact the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) in support of our petition, and ask them to make a rule that bans BPA in register receipts. Then please contact the FDA and ask them to address the petition we submitted to them eighteen months ago. As always, weve drafted sample letters to help you. Please TAKE ACTION now!

    https://secure3.convio.net/aahf/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=598 FDA

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    https://secure3.convio.net/aahf/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=595 CPSC
     
  2. dannybex

    dannybex Senior Member

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    Thanks for posting this ggingues -- a very important topic, environmental toxins, that isn't discussed much on CFS forums.

    Bisphenol A is also suspected in causing reproductive problems, and also problems with immune function:


    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2151845/?tool=pmcentrez

    "We are confident that adult exposure to BPA affects the male reproductive tract, and that long-lasting, organizational effects in response to developmental exposure to BPA occur in the brain, the male reproductive system, and metabolic processes. We consider it likely, but requiring further confirmation, that adult exposure to BPA affects the brain, the female reproductive system, and the immune system, and that developmental effects occur in the female reproductive system."
     

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