One of the most widespread chemicals in our bodies, bisphenol-A or BPA, has been added to the list of reproductive toxins that require warning labels under Prop 65. The decision from California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will mean that products containing hazardous levels of BPA will have a warning label. This decision, while not as far-reaching as a ban, means that many retailers and consumers can more easily choose to steer clear of BPA. BPA is found in some plastic containers and bottles, linings of canned foods, dental sealants, and some printed receipt paper. For a more on the announcement, head to SF Gate’s article here. The Natural Resources Defense Council has a post, that covers the political backstory and battles still to be won. In the meantime, congratulations on this great step toward consumer safety, Californians!
P.S. Need to stock up on BPA-free canning and food storage supplies? The Ecology Center has a great selection, and will give you a BPA-free receipt to boot!