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Sen. Feinstein pushes for ban of BPA

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California lawmakers have already passed a measure to ban the chemical BPA from food containers for children. But a federal measure is stalled in the Senate.

The chemical is called bisphenol-A, or BPA. It’s used to line the inside of cans and to make baby bottles and water bottles.

Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to ban the use of BPA in food and beverage containers. She cites scientific studies that show exposure to even low doses of BPA are linked to diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, and early puberty in girls.

But Feinstein’s bill to ban BPA is stalled in the Senate, in part because the chemical industry is pushing back. The American Chemistry Council says BPA-based epoxy resins protect canned food and beverages. Industry reps say you’d have to eat more than 1,300 pounds of BPA-exposed food every day for a lifetime to exceed the level the Environmental Protection Agency says is safe.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Feinstein’s bill to ban BPA won’t move forward without a compromise.