Victory! California Babies Saved from BPA-Infested Products
On October 4, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act in California, which prohibits the manufacture, sale or distribution of baby bottles and sippy cups that contain more than 0.1 parts per billion of bispohenol A, most commonly known as BPA.
Success! Thanks to the 9,025 Care2 members who signed this petition, babies in California will now be safe from the harmful effects of BPA.
Researchers have found that the amount of BPA used in the making of baby bottles and sippy cups seeps into the food or drink for the baby, producing damaging effects when injested. BPA has been linked to problems like early puberty, breast and prostate cancer, infertility, obesity and neurological and behavioral changes. BPA is considered to be an endocrine disruptor, acting as an artificial horomone when it enters the body.
California has fallen in line behind China, Canada, the European Union and nine other states that have also banned BPA in baby products, but this act is the only one in the U.S. that actually defines what “BPA- free” is. Oakland North quoted Renee Sharp, a senior scientist and California director for the Environmental Working Group. She said, ”There could be BPA in those containers from contamination or the manufacturing process and we’d have no idea how much is actually in them.” The Environmental Working Group is a public health advocacy nonprofit that co-sponsored the bill.
This bill, which was authored by Assemblymember Betsy Butler, states that BPA must be eliminated in baby products made or sold after July 1, 2013 and that manufacturers use the least toxic alternative for the products. ”After years of fighting to ban BPA, the health of our children has prevailed and California will finally join other states and countries in recognizing the significant danger this toxic chemical poses,” said Assemblymember Butler.
Thanks Care2 members for helping this important bill pass!
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