Recent press reports have highlighted two types of chemicals widely used in consumer products, phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA), which scientists have found to leach out of plastic and pose an exposure risk to consumers. Phthalates are a common class of chemicals used in many household products to improve flexibility in plastics. BPA is most commonly found in baby bottles, water bottles, and other food containers.
The hearing will examine: 1) chemicals in plastics found in consumer products, specifically phthalates and BPA; 2) the health implications of these chemicals and their alternatives; and 3) federal government assessments of the toxicity of these chemicals. Senator Pryor will preside.
The Honorable Charles E. SchumerUnited States SenatorNew York
Witness Panel 1
Dr. Norris AldersonAssociate Commissioner for ScienceFood and Drug Administration
Dr. Marilyn WindDeputy Associate Executive Director for Health SciencesConsumer Product Safety Commission
Witness Panel 2
Dr. John Peterson MyersCEO/Chief ScientistEnvironmental Health Sciences
Ms. Elizabeth HitchcockPublic Health AdvocateU.S. PIRG
Dr. Steve HentgesSenior Director, Polycarbonate/BPA Global GroupAmerican Chemistry Council