Wednesday September 3, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- California
State Assembly has approved legislation to ban a toxic Teflon chemical from
food wrappers and packaging, which is linked to health risks including cancer,
The Environmental Working Group, a not-for-profit environmental health advocate
reported on August 27.
Senate Bill 1313 sponsored by Sen. Ellen Corbett of San
Leandro passed the Assembly Wednesday with a vote of 43 to 30 and now is on the
way to the governor's desk. If he approves it, no hamburger wrappers,
french-fry bags, pizza boxes, beverage containers and other packaging material
with the chemical Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) will be allowed in California,
starting in 2010.
"This is a great victory for public health and the
people of California,” said EWG Senior Analyst Renee Sharp. “This bill puts
teeth in the voluntary PFOA phase-out deal brokered by the Bush EPA,” which
won't take effect until 2015.
"The federal government’s toothless approach to
banning a known carcinogen does not ensure that people will be protected from
these chemicals,” said Sharp. "Once more California leads the way."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has already
considered PFOA a likely human carcinogen known to induce testicular and
mammary cancers in animals. Early studies linked PFOA exposure to low birth
This chemical along with other
perfluorinated chemicals are also associated with altered male reproductive
hormones and affect the liver, thyroid gland and immune system, according to the
The worse thing about this chemical is that unlike other
pollutants, this chemical does not break down in the environment easily and
will persist for many years to come.
a result, it is in everyone's blood in the United States, according to the EWG.
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