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Why California is holding off on BPA labels and why it’s irritated public health groups




Canned tomatoes line the shelves of a pantry at the SF-Marin Food Bank on May 1, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
Canned tomatoes line the shelves of a pantry at the SF-Marin Food Bank on May 1, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
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(Ellen Knickmeyer | AP) California plans to delay state-required warnings on metal cans lined with the chemical BPA, arguing too-specific warnings could scare stores and shoppers in poor neighborhoods away from some of the only fruits and vegetables available — canned ones, officials said Thursday.

Instead, the state on May 11 will require stores to post general warnings at checkout counters about the dangers of BPA and note that some canned and bottled products being sold have liners with the toxic chemical.The decision and rationale of the California Environmental Protection Agency are angering some community and public-health groups.

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Allan Hirsch, chief deputy director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the state agency that monitors and evaluates risks posed to public health by hazardous substances

Michael Green, founder and executive director of the Center for Environmental Health, an Oakland-based organization championing Proposition 65