Published on April 12th, 2010 | by Cindy Hoots8
Washington State Bans BPA in Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups
[social_buttons] Under a new law signed by Governor Christine Gregoire, only baby bottles and sippy cups free of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) can be sold in Washington state. The measure overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate last month. So why did the Washington State Legislature fail to pass the same bill last year? Good question. And why the sudden change of heart now?
Perhaps the reason for Washington state’s about-face was because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed its position on the safety of BPA in January 2010. Previously, the government agency said the trace amounts of the chemical that leach out of food containers were not dangerous. Now, the FDA voiced “some concern” about the chemical’s effects on children and infants. The FDA plans to conduct additional studies over the next few years. So what is BPA exactly, and why is it so bad for us, especially for the wee-ones under the age of three?
According to Safer States, a network of diverse environmental health coalitions and organizations around the country, BPA is a:
“…chemical that is used in hard plastics and epoxy resins. It was first used in the 1930’s as a synthetic estrogen. These days, it helps make plastics strong while staying lightweight, and coats metal food containers in order to preserve the food inside. BPA is one of the highest-volume chemicals produced in the world.”