Monday, May 11, 2009

Connecticut May Ban BPA

The New York Times reported that if the Connecticut ban on BPA passes the state Senate, it will be the "first state to enact BPA" regulations. "Under the Connecticut legislation, infant formula and baby food stored in cans, plastic containers or jars containing BPA could no longer be made or sold in the state as of October 2011" and "other food containers that use BPA liners, including most canned goods, would have to carry a conspicuous warning on the label." Representative Beth Bye, Democrat of West Hartford, said, "We were thrilled with the victory and the margin." In addition, "twenty-four states have pending legislation restricting BPA, but with its labeling requirement, Connecticut's is the toughest, said Sarah Uhl, coordinator of the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, a partnership of organizations backing the legislation." Also, Suffolk County in New York has "banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups, and United States Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York, this month introduced legislation that would ban BPA in containers marketed for infants and toddlers."

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