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Chicago Says No To Bottles with BPA Plastic

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The political movement to get BPA out of baby bottles and other bottles is growing. Chicago is the first city to ban the sale of bottles with BPA. Here’s the NYT article.
The City Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a measure making Chicago the nation’s first city to ban the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups manufactured with a chemical that some studies have linked to disease.
Passage was driven by what officials here call federal regulators’ failure to take action on a grave public health issue.
The chemical, bisphenol-A, or BPA, is commonly employed to harden plastics, among other uses. Over time, it can leach into the contents of a plastic container, particularly one that is used in a microwave oven or cleaned in a dishwasher.
Some animal studies have found that BPA apparently accelerates puberty and poses a cancer risk, and, while the issue’s focus has been on the safety of children, the chemical has also been tied to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes in adults. But in a draft risk assessment last year, the Food and Drug Administration said that at levels found in products on the American market, it appeared to be safe.
In October, a scientific panel of advisers to the F.D.A. condemned that conclusion, saying the agency had ignored crucial studies and used flawed methods. The agency’s review of BPA studies goes on. …
Though Chicago is the first city with such a ban, it is not the first jurisdiction. Last week Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota signed into law a statewide prohibition on baby bottles and sippy cups made with BPA, and similar bills are pending in Congress, as well as in other states. The Connecticut House passed a measure last month, and the State Senate is expected to vote on that bill this week.
They all join Suffolk County, N.Y., which adopted its own BPA bottle and cup ban two months ago.



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