tial for the serious and often deadly effects from food-borne illnesses. Although the science supports the continued safe use of epoxy coatings, the industry is actively pursuing alternatives to meet growing consumer demand brought on by reports like this. However, there is simply no drop-in alternative available for the widest spectrum of food and beverages. Without a thoroughly tested substitute, the report's recommendation to forgo canned goods sacrifices a technology that has prevented food-borne illnesses for more than 30 years," Rost stated.
Schade noted there are alternatives to BPA available and some companies are starting to replace it in their cans. For example, Eden Foods has been offering food in BPA-free cans for more than 10 years, he said.
Muir Glen, a subsidiary of General Mills, is planning to take BPA out of its canned tomato cans, Schade added.
Schade is also concerned that the substitutes for BPA are safe. "We are very concerned and interested in ensuring that any material that companies switch to doesn't pose any significant health hazard," he said.
There are other packaging options, including glass and non-toxic plastics, Schade said.
The goal of the report's writers is to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban BPA in food packaging. "From our perspective, BPA has no place in food packaging," Schade said.
In addition, Congress needs to act to reduce BPA exposure by banning BPA in food and drink containers. In fact, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), is proposing just such an amendment to the Food Safety Act currently being considered in Congress.
Schade noted that the ban is needed because BPA is in so many products that consumers are bound to buy products that contain the chemical.
"Unfortunately, we can't shop our way out of this problem, because BPA is widespread in many different consumer products and that's why we need Congress to take action to
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