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Wisconsin and Washington vote on Bisphenol-A (BPA) bans

From Business Week:

The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that would ban the chemical bisphenol A from baby bottles and other cups for children.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously Tuesday. A similar bill also passed unanimously out of an Assembly committee on Tuesday as well.

The Senate bill would ban BPA in cups and bottles intended for children under age 3.

And from The News Tribune:

A bill to ban the use of an industrial chemical found in food and beverage containers used by children sailed through the House on Monday on a 95-1 vote.

If the legislation becomes law, Washington will join Minnesota and Connecticut as the only states to eliminate bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s products.

The vote came 10 days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voiced concerns about BPA’s potential effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and young children.

The BPA ban in children’s food and beverage containers, and water bottles was one of three priorities of the environmental community in the 2010 state Legislature.

The state legislation is necessary because the FDA didn’t endorse an outright ban on BPA in children’s products, supporters of the bill said.

Posted: 1/27/2010 3:13:00 PM

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