Foundations of Public Health PH-200 Fall 2008. Week 5. http://www.ochealthinfo.com/. Outline. 9:30 AM – 9:45 AM : Questions and Review 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM : Public Health at the State Level - continued: The California Department of Public Health 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM : Recess
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Genetically identical agouti mice, one fed a diet of bisphenol A (BPA) (Dolinoy et al. 2007b).
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Dolinoy DC, Weidman JR, Jirtle RL. 2007b. Epigenetic gene regulation: Linking early developmental environment to adult disease. Reproductive Toxicology 23(3): 297-307.
Plastic Bottles Release Potentially Harmful Chemicals (Bisphenol A) After Contact With Hot Liquids. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 29, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2008/01/080130092108.htm
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Government of Canada Protects Families With Bisphenol A Regulations
On June 26, 2009, the Government of Canada announced that it is moving forward with proposed regulations to prohibit the advertisement, sale and importation of polycarbonate plastic baby bottles that contain bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, to reduce newborn and infant exposure to this substance.
Canada was the first country to ban “Bisphenol-A” from consumer plastics, citing the precautionary principle. Both U.S. FDA and the European Union have ruled that Bisphenol-A is “safe,” but scientific uncertainties continue over how to “quantify” the health impacts in a population.
California rejects bill to ban bisphenol A
By Rory Harrington, 14-Sep-2009
Related topics: BPA, Quality & Safety, Cleaning / Safety / Hygiene, Packaging Materials
The bid to pass a law banning bisphenol A (BPA) in California failed on Friday triggering a bitter backlash from it supporters who accused the chemical industry of dirty tricks in order to defeat the measure.
Bill SB 797 was unable to secure the 41 ballots it needed to pass into law after a close-run last round of voting saw a crucial 13 senators abstain. Friday’s vote took place on the day before the State Assembly went into recess, with one source telling FoodProductionDaily.com that the bill would effectively be killed for 12 months if it did not secure passage.
Lobbying tatics questioned
The measure was finally voted down after a week-long round of behind-the-scenes lobbying that has provoked fury among its supporters. Senator Fran Pavley, who sponsored the bill, accused the chemical industry of an “expensive and shamefully deceptive lobbying campaign”.
She alleged that some senators were told that food production plants in their district, such as one run by General Mills, would close if the bill was passed – even those facilities did not produce baby products.
“The chemical industry successfully used misinformation and fear tactics to kill my bill,” she said. “Unfortunately, some California lawmakers were unable to see through a web of lies fueled by greed and therefore put our children in harm’s way.”
FoodProductionDaily.com was unable to contact any representative from the US chemical industry prior to publication for a comment on the Senator’s allegations.
The bill would have outlawed use of BPA in the state from 2011 onwards in drink and food containers aimed at children. Specifically, the legislation would prohibit “the sale, manufacture or distribution of a bottle or cup or a liquid, food or beverage in a can, jar or plastic bottle that contains bisphenol A (BPA) if the item is primarily intended for children three years of age or younger”.
Bisphenol A (BPA), the controversial chemical used to make clear plastic infant bottles and sippy cups and linked to devastating injuries in children, will be the subject of a $30 million study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, officials said. Numerous scientific studies have found BPA exposure is associated with developmental delays, cancers, and other injuries in developing children who are fed from plastic bottles containing the chemical. In recent years, many consumers rights groups have succeeding in getting bans on the use of BPA in the children’s products.
Some of the largest manufacturers of infant bottles have agreed to stop using BPA in their products and local governments from coast to coast have enacted their own laws limiting its use. However, some critics have accused the federal government of dragging its feet in determining the possible adverse effects of exposure to BPA.
1. The decision of Canada’s government.
2. The Decision of California Legislature.
3. The Decision of the U.S. Government to spend $30 million on further studies.
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