We have written on the bisphenol A (BPA) in prior issues. Last month, the California State Senate approved a proposal that would ban the use of the substance in baby bottles, toddler sippy cups and food containers. BPA is said by some independent scientists to pose a threat to childhood development. The bill prohibiting the use of BPA next goes to the Assembly, where it is expected to face tough resistance from manufacturers of the infant products that contain the controversial chemical.
It was reported that industry leaders targeted California for an orchestrated lobbying and grassroots public relations campaign to turn back efforts by health and consumer groups to ban the use of BPA, a chemical component in the manufacture of plastic containers. Researchers from the chemical industry continue to claim the public health threat has been vastly overblown. But, as we have reported, more than 200 independent scientific studies have linked BPA to brain development and behavioral problems in young children, early puberty and the eventual onset of some types of cancer. Scientists say the chemical can leach into a liquid, particularly when a bottle or cup is heated.
The goal of the California legislation is to protect “the most vulnerable,” according to Senator Fran Pavley, a Democrat, who is the bill’s sponsor. She correctly says that affordable alternatives are already available to the chemical industry. In March, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said that six companies had stopped manufacturing baby bottles containing BPA in response to a request from his office and attorneys general from Delaware and New Jersey. Those companies are Avent America Inc., Disney First Years, Gerber, Dr. Brown’s, Playtex Products Inc. and Evenflo Co.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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