Contact: Kathryn St. John (202) 249-6513
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 7, 2011)
- The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise
on BPA to clarify for consumers that BPA is no longer used to manufacture baby bottles and sippy cups and will not be used in these products in the future.
"Although governments around the world continue to support the safety of BPA in food contact materials, confusion about these products has become an unnecessary distraction to consumers, legislators and state regulators," said Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the
Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group
of ACC. "FDA action on this request will provide certainty that BPA is not used to make the baby bottles and sippy cups on store shelves, either today or in the future."
Recent state actions have contributed to confusion about whether baby bottles and sippy cups sold in the United States contain BPA. In fact, manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups announced several years ago that due to consumer preference they had stopped using BPA in these products.
FDA has the scientific expertise and specific responsibility to make regulatory decisions about BPA and food-contact materials. For this reason, ACC has consistently opposed efforts by federal and state officials to impose legislative restrictions that conflict with FDA's authority and create a patchwork of inconsistent laws or regulations.
BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals in commerce today. The consensus of government agencies across the world is that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials intended for infants and toddlers.
ACC and its member companies that manufacture and use BPA are committed to providing the materials that make possible the many consumer products that protect public health and safety. Companies have and will continue to develop scientific data to inform credible, transparent scientific assessments of BPA so that the public can have the confidence it deserves in the safety of the products made with BPA.
ACC's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group