California BPA Bill Passes State Assembly Vote
Today, the California State Assembly passed SB797, a bill that would ban toxic Bisphenol-A, or BPA, from food and drink containers designed for children ages 3 and younger. BPA is a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to breast cancer and other serious health problems. It the United States it is used in many plastic baby bottles and sippy cups, as well as in the lining of infant formula cans and the lids of baby food jars.
BPA has been banned from baby bottles and children’s sippy cups in Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Vermont, four counties in New York and the City of Chicago. Connecticut and Vermont restrict the use of BPA in baby food and infant formula. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Denmark have banned BPA in food containers for young children, and calls for bans are moving through Europe.
In California, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced legislation that would ban BPA in infant food packaging, in addition to other food and beverage containers.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the plastics industry spent over 5 million dollars attempting to kill this bill in California and describes just how difficult the fight was. More details also in the press release of PPC member, Breast Cancer Fund.
The bill will now go to the California Senate for a concurrence vote (the Senate already passed the bill last year), and then to California Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk.