The FDA will propose to ban bisphenol A from baby bottles and sippy cups. According to the agency this move reflects the reality that manufacturers no longer use the substance in their products.
FDA spokesman Stephen King said the agency will propose the ban, which was requested by the American Chemistry Council in a petition, in the “very near future.”
The FDA acknowledged its receipt of the ACC’s petition and told the ACC it would issue the Federal Register notice.
“FDA action on this request will provide certainty that BPA is not used to make the baby bottles and sippy cups on store shelves, either today or in the future,” Steven G. Hentges, of the American Chemistry Council’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group said in a statement about the council’s petition.
FDA’s King said that if the agency amends its regulation, any products remaining in the marketplace would no longer be lawful.
Hentges said revising the rule should provide consumers with clarity and prevent legislators from spending their time and effort to pass laws that have “no impact at all,” because the products are no longer on the U.S. market.
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