Sunoco told investors that it will stop selling Bisphenol A (BPA) to their manufacturer customers, who use it in packaging for children’s foods. This very green move may be a lightening rod for other companies to change their practices in response to the growing research that Bishpenol A is a hormone-disrupting chemical, used in plastic manufacturing, that causes health problems. However the chemical industry and the Food and Drug Administration remain stalwart on the chemical’s safety.
The FDA cited research sponsored by the chemical industry, rather than independent research data, as proof that the chemical is fit for "consumption" last August. Further, the agency seems to ignore the health risks associated with cumulative exposures through repeat use.
The National Toxicology Program, governed by the National Institute of Health, has expressed concern that BPA affects the prostate gland, the brain and the development of fetuses, infants and children. But the NTP does not regulate BPA, the FDA does.
Canada has taken a green stance and has banned Bisphenol A in many products for infants and children. According to The Daily Green, an online newsletter published by Hearst Digital Media, Suffolk County (Long Island) New York may be next.