Of course, the ban would hurt the profits of Silgan Holdings Inc., a huge $60 billion dollar industry. Why, of course that is more important than consumer health, sheesh, why even bother? [sarcasm]
In case you didn't know, BPA is produced by combining phenol and acetone, it mimics the female hormone estrogen and may affect the brain and prostate gland in fetuses and young children (according to the NRDC). I will have to agree with Jane Houlihan of the EWG that "The agency has veered dangerously off course. Pregnant women and new parents should no longer think FDA has their backs." Not that I thought is even did in the first place.
I'm not a big user of canned food. When I do buy cans I try to buy BPA free canned food. But even that doesn't guarantee safety considering the BPA label cannot be trusted.
Here are some tips from the EWG on steering clear of BPA. My tip? Buy real food. [note to self!]