March 18: Bisphenol-A, the chemical used in the manufacture of epoxy phenolic coatings in metal cans, could be banned from use in the US if recently proposed legislation is successfully adopted by the US Congress.
The Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2009 aims to prevent the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) from all kinds of packaging, including beverage and food cans, rather than just the plastics bottles used for products aimed at young children and pregnant mothers.
The bill is being proposed by Senator Charles Shumer, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Edward Markey (pictured), who failed in an attempt to get a more limited bill adopted last year.
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