Have you checked your refrigerator lately? It only took me a minute to find a problem.

February 17th, 2010

In that minute I found a container with the recycling symbol with a 3 on the inside that indicates that the product might contain the chemical Bisphenol A or BPA.

This is not a new subject for this blogger, and just to make myself clear again, all retail buyers and category managers responsible for putting container foods on the shelves of our supermarkets, convenience stores, drug stores and other specialty stores should not be buying products that contain the chemical BPA. This author has a question for all the buyers mentioned above. If it were possible to have the chemical BPA in a glass would you drink it or have your children or grandchildren drink it? Let?s be honest, the answer is a big fat NO!

An article in USA TODAY by Wendy Koch titled Bans sought for chemical found in baby bottles focuses on the fact that many states are seeking bans of the product. Our federal government has had the opportunity to declare BPA unsafe for years and follow in the footsteps of other countries like Canada and Japan that have already done so and found alternative ingredients. It really comes as no surprise that states are leading the way based on the bureaucratic mess we have seen come to a head in our nations capital recently? which have spawned activities like the tea party and politician resignations. It?s actually prophetic that the states are doing something that the feds can not do because our founding fathers always thought that the power for change should reside in the sates anyway. As further evidence that the states need to drive this effort our federal organization the Food and Drug Administration or FDA recently said it has ?some concerns? WOW.

The product in my refrigerator is a major national brand that was purchased at a national supermarket chain that should know better.

Here is a simple message to the buyers and category managers addressed above. Ask if food product containers you are buying contain the chemical BPA. If they do, don?t buy them. I know you would not ask your family or loved ones to consume them.

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