Statement on Bisphenol-A in Utensils and Packaging for Infants and Children
U.S. Representative Tom Allen, a member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the statement below regarding the safety of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and other utensils used by infants and children and in the linings of food cans, including infant formula. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a hearing today on BPA, and the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine is calling on Maine's Congressional delegation to support stronger, more effective federal regulation and enforcement of consumer products that contain BPA and other substances that are potentially harmful to children and adults.
"I commend the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine and the advocates for children's health and safety who have gathered today in Portland to call attention to the potential dangers of BPA. Baby bottles, other utensils, and food and infant formula packaging must remain free of potentially dangerous chemicals. In July, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act, legislation I cosponsored to improve national product safety enforcement and to protect our children from potentially dangerous products. This was an important step forward, but there is still work we must do. I will continue to work with members of Congress from both parties to improve oversight of the regulatory agencies that oversee product safety, to invest more in product safety and enforcement, and to strengthen consumer product safety laws."