Dispatch: BPA Battle

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Politico reports that a measure to ban Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to manufacture certain food and beverage containers, could be introduced on the Senate floor by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) as early as this week.

"I introduced my bill to ban BPA from being used in food containers because I feel very strongly that the government should protect people from harmful chemicals," Feinstein told Politico in a statement.

"I guess the key word here is, 'harmful,'" says Dr. Ross. "Because we know that any substance can be harmful in high enough doses. BPA, as used, is safe -- and when used in can liners prevents food-borne diseases. Someone should tell Senator Feinstein that BPA is not a 'harmful chemical' as it is used."