Gov signs new BPA law — new report shows why it’s critically important

On Wednesday, May 19, Vermont became the second state in the nation (after Connecticut) to enact tough legislation restricting the use of the synthetic hormone bisphenol A (BPA) in a variety of consumer products.  Gov. Jim Douglas officially signed into law S.247, the VPIRG-backed bill phasing out the use of BPA in products ranging from infant formula and baby bottles to reusable food and beverage containers such as sports bottles and thermoses.   This is a tremendous victory for Vermont consumers, but new evidence shows there’s more work to be done.  A new national study VPIRG participated in developing shows that by eating common canned foods consumers are being exposed to levels of BPA equal to levels shown to cause health problems in laboratory animals.  The study, No Silver Lining, tested food from 50 cans from 19 US states including Vermont and one Canadian province for BPA contamination. Over 90% of the cans tested had detectable levels of BPA, some at higher levels than have been detected in previous studies.
More information and resources on BPA:
New Report: No Silver Lining: An Investigation into Bisphenol A in Canned Foods
VPIRG White Paper: Over Exposed: The Impacts of Bisphenol A on Public Health  

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