Learning disabilities, prostate cancer, breast cancer. These are just a few of the concerns with BPA (also known as bisphenol A), a widely used, man-made chemical that wreaks hormone havoc early in life.
Concern about the health threats of BPA has grown ever since BPA was discovered polluting the bodies of 93% of all Americans. Most people are exposed to BPA by eating canned foods. BPA leaks out of the can linings, contaminating the food or beverage inside. Metal lids on glass jars also leach BPA into our food.
BPA in Maine
Thanks to the hard-won efforts from Mainers like you, we’ve had some real victories: In 2010, BPA was named the first priority chemical under the Kid Safe Products Act—Maine’s groundbreaking law that’s designed to ensure that the products we purchase and use are free from toxic chemicals. BPA was successfully removed from baby bottles and sippy cups – even though Governor Lepage tried to overturn the law! Luckily, Maine lawmakers upheld the ban, and in 2012, BPA was also removed from baby food containers and food marketed to toddlers.
The next chapter
Maine has been a leader in protecting our kids from BPA… that is, until Governor LePage took office. But we can’t let our leaders derail efforts to keep our kids safe from toxic chemicals—we need legislators who will forge our way ahead, not undo our hard-won efforts.
Right now, even though we’ve gotten BPA out of many kids’ food containers, it can still be used in most canned foods. This means that families are still at risk—especially pregnant women and their babies. And studies show that BPA exposure could be slashed by two-thirds if food packaging were BPA-free.