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CA Senate Passes BPA Ban for Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

Today, the California State Senate voted to ban the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol -A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups sold in California.

The legislation is sponsored by PSR-LA, Environmental Working Group, Black Women for Wellness, and Consumers Union, and authored by State Assembly member Betsy Butler (D-Marina Del Ray) and State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills). This measure would limit BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups made or sold after July 1, 2013. It would also require manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative substance for these products.

“Today’s vote to eliminate BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups is part of re-asserting California’s leadership on environmental health protections,” said Martha Dina Argüello, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles. “As physicians and health advocates, we need measures like AB 1319 to help reduce exposure to BPA since babies and children are most vulnerable to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.”

BPA (bisphenol-A) is a hormone-disrupting chemical found in many products we use everyday. It contaminates children’s food and drink when it leaches from plastic products like baby bottles and sippy cups. AB 1319, authored by Assemblymember Betsy Butler, would protect California’s children by eliminating BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups — and it was just approved by the Senate! (See BPA ban passes California state Senate, LA Times).

“Today’s action by the Senate is further proof that the interests of California’s children can have a voice in Sacramento,” said Renee Sharp, head of EWG’s California office.

Take action now to make sure AB 1319 gets to the Governor’s desk!

Read more about AB 1319 and BPA at: www.psr-la.org/ab-1319

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