The US Food and Drug Administration must completely ban BPA.
The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to cancer and other diseases, yet we are continually exposed to it in our daily lives. The FDA must seriously consider the dangerous effects of BPA and do what is right for the heath and safety of the people of the United States. We urge the FDA to completely ban BPA.
Celebrity and notable petition co-signers and supporters:
Fischer, founder Planet Heritage Foundation/VeriSign
Amber Sakai, fashion designer
Amy Smart, actress
Ann K. Luskey, ocean conservationist
Barbara Benish, UN Safe Planet
Beth Nielsen Chapman, musician
Bill McKibben, author and founder 350.org
Bobbi Chase Wilding, Clean & Healthy New York
Bonnie Raitt, musician
Chandra Jessee, philanthropist
Congressman Stephen Cohen (D-Tenn.)
Daniella Russo, Executive Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition
Dennis Grimaldi, Broadway playwright
Dianna Cohen, Artist & Creative Advocacy Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition
Dick Button,Olympic gold medalist & ABC sports commentator
Dr. Marty Goldstein, DVM
Ed Begley Jr., actor and environmentalist
Fran Drescher, actress/producer
Hilary Swank, actress
Jackson Browne, musician
Jeanne Rizzo, RN; President and CEO, Breast Cancer Fund
Jeff Bridges, actor
Jeff Franklin, writer, producer, director
Joan Fabry, architect
Joanna Moore, owner, AXE restaurant
Jodie Evans, co-founder CODEPINK
Mario Batali, chef
Mark Christy, President, Hobie
Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Michelle Martin Coyne, artist and photographer
P. Dee Boersma, Ph.D, Department of Biology, University of Washington
Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles (PSR-LA)
Rosanna Arquette, actor
Roz Savage, ocean rower and environmental campaigner
Sergio Arau, film director, musician, visual artist
Shari Sant Plummer, President, Code Blue Foundation
Sue Rockefeller, Filmmaker
Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., oceanographer and explorer
The Ditty Bops, musicians
Wallace J Nichols Ph.D., marine biologist
Wavy Gravy, clown poet, SEVA
Werner Boote, filmmaker/director of "Plastic Planet"
Yareli Arizmendi, actor, writer
Plastic Pollution Coalition
The FDA has banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups, protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the US from its toxic effects. However, BPA is in many other products that children and adults come into contact with everyday. Why, if we know that this chemical is harmful, would we permit our citizens to be exposed to it?
Jeanne Rizzo, a registered nurse, President and CEO of Breast Cancer Fund, and one of the co-sponsors of this petition said this about BPA:
"If BPA were being studied as a pharmaceutical drug, it's highly doubtful, given its interaction with animals, that it would make it into a clinical trial with humans. It wouldn't make it into a clinical trial, and yet we're already in a clinical trial and we're all the subjects..." (Forbes, December 2011).
Impact on Our Health
The chemical additive BPA is an endocrine disruptor and can be found in plastic, plastic water bottles, in epoxy resins used to coat the inside food and drinks cans, dental fillings and sealants, and even paper receipts. BPA has been linked to a variety of diseases including:
That's just the beginning. In some cases BPA has been studied and found to decrease the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Babies and young children are reportedly especially sensitive to the harmful effects of BPA. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found BPA in 95% of adult human urine samples and 93% of samples in children. A new study released says that BPA levels in kids is linked to risk for heart and kidney damage. In a nutshell, BPA is toxic and we shouldn't be exposed to it.
The US FDA has the power to act on behalf of the health and safety of the American people. By banning BPA from all food and drink products and packages, the Dr. Hamburg, the head of the FDA, can protect Americans from unwittingly consuming a dangerous chemical. Please sign this petition and get your networks involved to urge the FDA to completely ban BPA.