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Turn up the heat. Pressure industry into reducing or halting the use of hormone-disrupting chemicals in commercial products. Insist that industry leaders disclose product formulations, conduct safety testing, and reformulate products until they’re safe. Join the efforts of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families; the Breast Cancer Fund; and other organizations in confronting industry.
Findings from the Food Packaging Study suggest that if manufacturers voluntarily reformulated food packaging to remove bisphenol A, or BPA, and phthalates such as DEHP—or if these chemicals were banned from food packaging—a large portion of the U.S. population would experience an immediate reduction in the levels of these chemicals in their bodies. The study was conducted by Silent Spring Institute and the Breast Cancer Fund.
The researchers hope the study will serve as a wake-up call. Already the study has contributed to a ban on BPA in food packaging in France, supported U.S. advocacy efforts, and influenced manufacturers and grocery chains to seek alternatives. Before any substitute chemicals are put into use, however, the researchers urge industry and government to assess the safety of these substitutes carefully.