The American Chemistry Council, who represents manufacturers of BPA, yileded to pressure from parents, health advocates, and lawmakers, petitioned the FDA to ban BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. The move amounts to a concession that the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol-A should not be used to make baby bottles and sippy cups because of the health risks it poses..
The American Chemistry Council announced that it has asked the FDA to revise its regulations to “clarify for consumers that BPA is no longer used to manufacture baby bottles and sippy cups and will not be used in these products in the future.”
The industry’s surprise move follows California’s enactment Tuesday of legislation to bar BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups.
Bisphenol-A, a petrochemical derivative used to harden plastics, is a key ingredient in epoxy coatings used to line virtually all aluminum food cans worldwide. A few organic food canners in the U.S. are using non-BPA linings. The chemical is also an integral ingredient in polycarbonate plastics, the hard clear materials used until recently for many baby bottles, sippy cups, water bottles and other sturdy plastic foodware.
Consumer health groups hailed the move as a “win for moms and dads” but pressed for removing BPA from more products.
“The writing is on the wall for BPA,” said Mike Schade of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. “We hope to see a major transition away from BPA in canned food in years to come.”
The chemical industry’s petition points out that the six leading makers of baby bottles stopped using BPA in 2009. And none of the 13 major BPA producers, which make 97 percent of the global supply, sells the chemical to bottle makers.
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