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Finally! California bans BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups!

Sarah Janssen

Posted October 4, 2011

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This afternoon Governor Brown signed the "Toxin Free Infants and Toddler Act" a bill that will ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups sold in California. The bill, AB 1319,  was authored by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-El Segundo) and co-sponsored by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica).

BPA is used to make polycarbonate plastics and is known to be an endocrine-disrupting chemical which mimics the female sex hormone estrogen. Exposures during development have been linked to a wide range of problems including prostate and breast cancer, reproductive harm, and abnormal development of the brain. Baby bottles and sippy cups are a significant source of exposure during vulnerable periods of development.

The Governor's signature makes California the eleventh state to ban BPA in these products. This is a long fought victory for health and environmental advocates who’ve sought a similar measure since 2008. During that time we have watched other states pass not only bans on BPA in sippy cups and baby bottles, but also in infant formula and paper receipts.

States have been forced to take health protective measures in the absence of any federal regulation of BPA. But other countries have - Canada, the European Union and even China have already banned BPA in these children's products.

Thank you Governor Brown for removing one of the biggest sources of exposure to BPA in infants and toddlers.   And Thank you Assemblymember Butler and Senator Paveley for your persistent leadership on this issue.

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