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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: November 23, 2021 10:22 AM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: BPA Free Food and Beverage Containers
BPA is the building block for a hard, strong plastic used to make a variety of products, including compact disks, cash register receipts, and water bottles. In the past several years, the potential health risks associated with the chemical have been well demonstrated. Even at minimal levels, daily exposure to BPA has been associated with adverse health effects, from behavioral issues in children to malformations during organ development. In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report identifying the possible hazards to fetuses, infants and young children – later requiring that BPA be removed from all baby bottles and infant formula. Yet, BPA is still used in a wide range of food packaging.

In order to fully protect children from exposure to this chemical, we must also protect pregnant women and all of the foods they and young children may ingest. Therefore, I will be introducing legislation to ban the use of BPA in all food and beverage containers manufactured, sold or distributed in Pennsylvania. Any manufacturer of these containers will be required to use the least toxic alternative when replacing BPA during production.

Please join me in supporting legislation to protect Pennsylvanians from BPA contamination and encourage innovation for safer, alternative packaging.

Introduced as HB2193