Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York plan to introduce the "BPA-Free Kids Act," which would ban the chemical from containers for young children's products. Activist pressure to restrict the use of BPA is heating up as the FDA prepares to release their latest opinion on it. The Breast Cancer Fund, for example, has called for the FDA to issue an immediate ban on BPA in hard plastic food containers and require labeling of all other food packaging containing BPA.
"You would think that the Breast Cancer Fund would focus on things that would help reduce or prevent breast cancer," says ACSH's Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. "The fact that they're using their name to advocate this is shameful."
"The assertion that BPA plays any role in the incidence or severity of breast cancer is nonsense," adds ACSH's Dr. Gilbert Ross. "There is not a shred of scientific evidence supporting a link between BPA from any consumer product and any breast cancer statistic. But there are many breast cancer advocacy groups out there. Some are actually dedicated to advancing the cause of breast cancer research. Then there are those that want to gain publicity by being against chemicals."