It’s been dubbed “The Baby Bottle Act of 2009”. A bill in the Washington legislature would ban the sale of baby bottles, sippy cups and other food containers made with the chemical bisphenol-A. The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Representative Mary Lou Dickerson, says the chemical known as BPA can induce diabetes, cancer, and developmental disorders. “Imagine if you will, giving your child its first drink a baby bottle laced with BPA. It’s a cancer causing substance. Who would want to do that?” Dickerson asks.
Dickerson’s bill won approval from the House appropriations committee Wednesday and awaits a vote on the floor. Industry groups say any regulation of BPA should come from the federal government, not the state. They also question some of the claims made about the chemical. A similar bill was also introduced in the Oregon legislature this year.