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FDA to Finally Rule on BPA Use in Food and Drink Packaging

FDA will rule on BPA in drinkware in March 2012Austin, Texas: Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will decide whether to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food and beverage packaging by March 31, 2012.

Any followers of my blog posts knows that I have been an out-spoken critic of BPA since early 2008.

The FDA’s announcement was instigated by a lawsuit from the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), which claimed that the FDA was deliberately delaying a ruling on BPA, which has been linked to cancer, hormone imbalances and other developmental disorders. The NRDC had petitioned the FDA to investigate the dangers of the chemical in 2008, and when the agency failed to do that, NRDC sued them. March’s decision, set by a court order, will resolve the lawsuit.

BPA is primarily used to make polycarbonate plastics, and is also frequently used in the lining of food and drink containers, like aluminum cans for soda and canned foods. In January 2010, the FDA supported a resolution to remove BPA from the plastics used to make baby bottles, and in May of that year FDA scientists tested 78 canned foods and found 71 of them contained detectable levels of the chemical.

In the past, some sports bottles historically have included BPA either in the polycarbonate plastics themselves or in the lining of aluminum bottles, meaning a ban on the chemical could have an impact on the promotional products industry. However, for several years most industry suppliers have voluntarily made BPA-free drinkware.

“We got ahead of the curve in terms of product safety and switched only to certified factories that produce our sports bottles– all of which are BPA-free”, says Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions. “Whether the FDA ends up banning it or not is irrelevant to us. Any responsible re-seller should have already addressed BPA in their products years ago,” he added.

Independently of the FDA, several states such as Delaware and Iowa have enacted bans on BPA to varying degrees. Most recently, California’s state senate passed a ban on the chemical in drinkware for infants and toddlers. The chemical is already banned in many European countries.

When ordering promotional sports bottles, be sure to use a vendor that has a clear understanding of BPA and its risk to children.

Use a company that talks the talk, and walks the walk when it comes to both environmental impact and personal safety.
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Robert Piller, experienced in green marketing campaigns and recycled promotional products. His web site includes a comprehensive advertising specialty search, featuring over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green.

Eco Marketing Solutions also offers over 2500 different reusable imprinted sports bottles and water bottles- all of which are BPA-free.

The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find recyclable, biodegradable, organic or recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. View the Go Green website at EcoMarketingSolutions.com and comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com.

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