Avoiding BPA Despite the Recent FDA Ruling Not To Ban

By Kristie Turck •  Published 04/01/12 •  4 min read

Last updated on July 31st, 2022 at 11:03 am

This week the FDA ruled against banning BPA in food packaging products because for them, there was not enough evidence to deem it unsafe.  Of course, I was disappointed and I think they missed an opportunity to do the right thing.  That’s obvious.  But my biggest fear is that people will take their word for it and continue to support the companies that use it.  Let it be known, that the FDA operates on evidence but also on politics.  There is money involved, there are grants given to FDA scientists by organizations that make their money on BPA.  So this isn’t just a bunch of caring scientists sitting around looking out for our best interests.  Which is sad, because its what we need.

I’ve said it before… I don’t know how much evidence the FDA needs to make this ban.  Prestigious university studies have reveal an abundance of evidence to pick from.  From heart disease, diabetes, brain issues, growth problems, reproductive problems, and interference in chemotherapy just to start.  It’s in black and white in these studies.  But it’s still not enough for them which is where our disappointment stems from. The evidence has already been mounted and it’s more than enough to make me want to avoid it:

Lori of Groovy Green Livin said it best on the news segment she was featured in on ABC, “It’s not fair!” and she’s right.  It isn’t fair that moms have to have a degree in plastics to shop for safe food.  Since I began SafeMama.com in 2007, BPA has been in the forefront of my fight for safe products.    BPA might be out of a majority of our baby bottles and cups, but it is still very much around us and it’s in our bodies as we speak.

It’s also in:

Bottom line is: We have more control than we think.  Since the FDA will not get on our side in this matter, we have to do this on our own until we get what we want.  It just means we have to control the issue where it hurts – their wallets.  I have been can -free for almost 2 years…. the companies that continue to use BPA in their packaging will not get my money until they start listening to the science we all know about.   These companies know we have this power… they’ve been running scared of it for a long time.