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|June 19, 2013|
California nearing ban of toxic chemical in baby products
SACRAMENTO-- California moved one step closer to protecting the health of children when the Assembly took a final vote to send the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act (AB 1319) to the Governor for his signature. AB 1319, by Assembly member Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey), bans the toxic chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) products.
“I applaud the California Legislature and Betsy Butler for passing this historic bill that will make California the 11th state to pass a ban on the dangerous chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in certain baby and toddler feeding products,” said U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
“California is now just one step away from banning BPA after years of fighting to give families a access to safe, non-toxic baby products,” said Assembly member Butler. “Despite intense lobbying by the chemical industry protecting the health of our children has prevailed.” “With the Governor's signature, California will finally join numerous other states and countries in banning this toxic chemical and protecting our most vulnerable citizens.”
BPA is an artificial hormone and endocrine disruptor widely used in shatter-proof plastic baby bottles and sippy cups. BPA leaches out of containers and into food and drink. It has been linked to a host of health problems, including early puberty, breast and prostate cancer, infertility, obesity and neurological and behavioural changes, including autism and hyperactivity.
If AB 1319 is signed into law, California will join ten other states in the United States that have enacted bans on BPA in baby bottles and other feeding products for children. BPA has been banned in Canada, China, Malaysia and the European Union. (INT)
Story Date: September 9, 2011