Washington state Senate approves BPA ban on children’s products

29 January 2010 22:33  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The Washington state Senate voted on Friday to approve a state ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s sippy cups, baby bottles and goods marketed toward children aged 3 and younger.

Sponsored by state Senator Karen Keiser and five others - all Democrats - the bill (SB 6248) passed 36 to 9. Manufacturers, retailers or distributors who knowingly distribute such products could face a civil penalty of $5,000 (€3,600) for a first offence and fines up to $10,000 for subsequent offences, according to a statement from Keiser's office.

The bill will now have to be reconciled with the state House version (HB 1180), which also included a ban on reusable sports bottles that are popular with hikers, according to reports. That bill passed on Tuesday with a 95-to-1 vote.

There have been various studies linking BPA to heart disease, cancer and reproductive problems. Earlier this month, US health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said new studies provided reason for some concern, but stopped short of suggesting a ban.

"This bill faced tough opposition from commercial and industrial groups, but we kept fighting because the body of science is growing, and it is increasingly clear that there is great potential for harm," Keiser said.

BPA, a building block for polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins, is found in a myriad of products. PC makers have said the goods falling under such a ban make up about 5% of their total market.

Minnesota and Connecticut as well as several cities and counties imposed BPA bans last year. A similar effort in California ultimately failed.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC), Grocery Manufacturers Association and International Formula Council have previously opposed such bans, saying more study is needed on BPA's health effects.

($1 = €0.72)

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By: Ben DuBose
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