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BPA Laws in the United States

We all know that BPA is bad.  Yesterday, Massachusetts was the latest state to jump on the BPA-banning bandwagon.  The ban, unfortunately, is still limited and it only bans BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups.   Let's take a look at what other U.S. cities and states say about BPA:

  • Suffolk County, New York banned baby bottles and sippy cups made with BPA in 2009.  Schenectady County and Albany County have similar bans.

  • Minnesota enacted a BPA ban for children's products that took effect this year.

  • Chicago also banned BPA in children's products this year.

  • Connecticut has a much stricter ban.  They not only banned bisphenol A from all reusable food and beverage containers, but also in infant formula and baby food containers.  This happened in 2009.

  • Washington state passed bans on BPA use in baby bottles and sippy cups for babies and toddlers, as well sports bottles.

  • Wisconsin's Senate approved banning BPA use in baby bottles and cups for children 3 and younger.

  • Maryland banned BPA in children's products, including baby bottles and sippy cups earlier this year.

One of the most environmentally progressive states has done nothing to help get BPA products off the shelves.  California's Environmental Protection Agency's Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee unanimously voted against putting BPA on the state's list of chemicals that are believed to cause reproductive problems.  However, this is the same panel who didn't add second-hand smoke to this list until 2006!  

Meanwhile, Canada, France, and Denmarks all have varying degrees of nationwide bans on BPA.  

Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives to BPA available -- especially with baby products.  However, I don't think this is good enough.   For people who don't know about the dangers of BPA, they still might be buying BPA products.  Let's hope that more states and countries wise up and ban it all together.