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Healthy Kids Bill would require billion dollar food companies to report their use of BPA in food packaging

(AUGUSTA) Maine parents are frustrated at being blocked from learning whether the toxic chemical BPA is in their children’s food. On Monday, July 8, they will build a blockade of their own in the State House Hall of Flags. After creating a tower of cans of soup, tomatoes, beans, and other common pantry foods, the moms will call on Governor LePage to sign LD 1181, the Healthy Kids Bill.

The Healthy Kids Bill helps parents and businesses get good information about which foods and food packaging contain BPA (bisphenol-A). It requires food companies that gross over $1 billion in sales each year to report their use of BPA in their food packaging. Currently not even the largest food manufacturers, like Del Monte, Campbell’s, and ConAgra are required to disclose their use of BPA.

"Every single day more kids are exposed to BPA at the dinner table while parents are left in the dark about which food packaging contains this hormone-disrupting chemical," states Emily Figdor, Director of Environment Maine. "It’s time to end the blockade on this critical information. Passing the Healthy Kids Bill will bring us one step closer to getting toxic BPA out of the food supply - with absolutely no burden on Maine businesses."

WHAT: Press Conference calling on the Governor not to block the Healthy Kids Bill

WHEN: Monday, July 8th at 10:15 AM

WHERE: Hall of Flags, State House, Augusta

WHO: Morgan Pottle-Urquhart, mother of a 3-year-old from Bangor

         Betty Allen, owner of a house keeping business called Mainetaine

         Jessica Graham, mother of two children from Waterville

WHAT ELSE: Blockade of canned food

         Moms visiting Governor’s office asking him to sign LD 1181

Posted on 7/5/2013 (Archive on 7/26/2013)

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