October 8, 2012

Expansion of ban on bisphenol-A urged

Kennebec Journal Staff

Bisphenol-A is a toxic chemical found in the linings of cans and jars of baby food and other canned goods, which can migrate into the food it contacts.

BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that has been linked to cancer, learning disabilities and obesity.

Maine lawmakers already have ruled to phase out BPA in reusable beverage containers sold in Maine, but it is time to implement a ban on BPA in infant formula and baby food packaging.

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection is considering a rule that would do just that.

Infants, babies and toddlers are the most vulnerable to toxins in their environment.

BPA has been scientifically proven to accumulate in our system and cause harm, even at low doses.

Parkinson's disease, which has no cure, affects my husband.

The exact cause of his illness is unknown, but research has linked the disease with early exposure to environmental toxins.

If the parents of those who have Parkinson's knew the risks of certain chemicals, would they have exposed their babies to what might develop into a lifetime of disease?

We know that children are being exposed to BPA, that BPA is harmful to our bodies in low doses, and we know that safer alternatives already exist.

At the public hearing on the proposed ban last month, dozens of Maine people testified in support of the ban. Not one Mainer testified in opposition.

Maine parents need to know that what they are feeding their children does not contain toxic chemicals. That's why I urge the BEP to approve the proposed ban on BPA in infant formula and baby food packaging sold in Maine.

Doreen Conboy


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