Wegmans Takes Action on Some BPA Products

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans Food Markets [2] issued an update through an online statement [3] this week by Mary Ellen Burris, Wegmans’ senior vice president of consumer affairs, on the environmental and health implications of Bisphenol A (BPA), a controversial chemical used in the manufacturing of many household products, including plastic food containers and bottles.

This appears as a report in the Washington Post on May 26 quotes Scott Faber, vice president for federal affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, saying the manufacturers group would not support food safety legislation that bans or phases out BPS from any food and beverage container. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has proposed an amendment to the food safety bill that would ban BPA from food and beverage containers.

After conducting its own inquiry into health concerns associated with BPA products, Wegmans said it is now selling BPA-free infant and toddler baby bottles, sippy cups and feeding accessories. The retailer also switched all Wegmans unbreakable drinkware to a new Tritan material (made by Eastman Chemical) that is BPA-free, tested for Wegmans by two independent laboratories, one of them in Germany. The new drinkware looks like glass, but is shatter-resistant and is dishwasher-safe, Burris wrote in her column. She said Wegmans would continue to monitor the BPA situation.

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