San Francisco Aims to ban phthalates and bisphenol A

Published: 20 November 2006
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

According to documented research, phthalates, chemicals found in some plastics packaging products, may have the capacity to leach into foods and beverages contained, altering the original composition of such goods. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on the city’s efforts to ban certain allegedly toxic chemicals found in products for children, including “the yellow rubber ducky, bath books and clear plastic bottles,” which may be linked to cancer and developmental problems in humans. Two of the suspected chemicals include phthalates and bisphenol A, both of which are used to harden or soften plastics. San Francisco’s proposed new law (which would go into effect on December 1st of this year), modeled on a European Union ban that was initiated this year, is reportedly a reflection of increasing concerns by environmental health scientists, including reports of such chemicals “possibly disrupting the hormonal system and altering the normal workings of genes.”

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