Massachusetts is now the next state in the union to take a step towards the health of babies. State health officials are now advising moms to avoid Bisphenol A, known as BPA, in baby products like bottles and sippy cups.
The Chicago City Council has officially banned the substance BPA from food and beverage containers intended for use by children under three years old. The Connecticut state legislature followed Chicago’s lead by approving legislation banning the component from plastic containers used by children and babies.
The bottle battle is heating up in California. The state Senate narrowly approved a proposal today that would ban the use of bisphenol A, a chemical substance in baby bottles, toddler sippy cups and food containers. It is the second consecutive year that the state has banned the manufacturing, sale or distributino of children’s food and drink containers that contain BPA.
Bisphenol, commonly known as BPA and an important monomer for plastic additives, has been banned by Minnesota from being used in baby bottles and sippy cups and food containers for use by children under the age of three. Although New York’s Suffolk County had passed a similar measure last month but Minnesota is the first to completely ban BPA in the US. The Connecticut House of Representatives has voted to ban the sale, manufacture or distribution of infant formula and baby food in containers made with Bisphenol-A, and other cities such as Chicago are following.
As if parents didn’t have enough to worry about with BPA in infant formula, now the Environmental Working Group warns us that perchlorate. What is that, you ask? It’s a rocket fuel ingredient…in infant formula. Mix that formula with tainted water (the group found that in 28 states as well) and baby gets a double dose of perchlorate which is known to interfere with the thyroid hormones essential for brain development. Perchlorate poses particular risks to the developing fetus, infants and young children.
Connecticut’s attorney general says six companies have agreed to stop manufacturing baby bottles that contain Bisphenol-A, a chemical some studies suggest may be harmful to infants. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware and New Jersey sent letters last October to 11 companies, asking them to stop using the chemical.
Lawmakers in Suffolk County, New York, have voted to ban polycarbonate baby bottles and sippy cups, a move county officials say would result in the nation’s first such ban. The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Steve Stern, said that if the ban wins final approval it will protect the county’s children from a chemical that some scientific studies suggest may be harmful, like Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is found in most baby bottles.
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.
It has just been announced that U.S. regulators are planning more research into a controversial chemical found in many plastic products, including baby bottles, indicating they have no immediate plans to curb bisphenol A. A letter signed by a Food and Drug Administration official stated that the agency planned “a large research effort,” with studies lasting years that will assess the effects of the chemical, also called BPA, in laboratory animals including rodents and monkeys.
Consumer advocates condemned the regulatory agency’s refusal to take steps now to curb the use of bisphenol A, a chemical used for decades to harden plastic products. “FDA is planning to conduct these studies in its laboratories using representative dose ranges and multiple animal models,” according to the letter signed by Norris Alderson, the FDA’s associate commissioner for science. This indicates that the issue of what to do regarding BPA will fall to the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama to decide.