New York buzz on BPA

Several New York news are recently buzzing about bisphenol-A (BPA) in polycarbonate baby bottles as Senator Charles Schumer (along with Senator Dianne Feinstein of Calif. and Rep. Edward Markey of Mass.) led a nationwide proposal to ban the plastic bottles.

Early March, New York’s Suffolk county legislators voted to ban the plastic in baby bottles and sippy cups, making them the first governmental body in the country to pass a BPA ban.

Major baby bottle manufacturers Avent, Disney First Years, Gerber, Dr. Brown, Playtex Products and Evenflow, have already promised to stop selling the bottles while BPA manufacturer Sunoco even started restricting sales of bisphenol-A if it is going to be used in manufacturing baby feeding bottles and food containers.

These kind of activities have been increasing despite constant assurances from government bodies across the world (except Canada I guess). Still, states seem to hesitant in passing any kind of statewide ban and just today, a BPA ban bill in Washington State is expected to be struck down in the senate.

One last note I wanted to ask our friends from the plastic industry, is it true that all #7 plastics contain BPA as was hinted on the video?? This type of information could cause confusion among consumers as they will try to avoid buying food products in #7 plastic containers.

2 Responses to New York buzz on BPA

  1. Jennifer Taggart, TheSmartMama 1 April, 2009 at 2:41 am #

    No, not all #7 contains BPA. The #7 plastic resin identification code (mistakenly referred to as a recycling code) merely identifies other plastic as in not one of the plastics identified as 1 through 6. So it includes polycarbonate plastic but also bio plastics, layered plastics, etc. BPA is in polycarbonate, so it is in some #7, but not all.

  2. wow gold 5 April, 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    This is very alarming for us parents. Hopefully there’ll a total ban for BPA so that we can have peace of mind whenever we buy these necessities for our babies.

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