Suffolk Co. may ban BPA products

November 22, 2010 12:55:55 PM PST
Suffolk County may soon become the first in the nation to ban the sale of hard plastic baby bottles and toddler cups containing the chemical BPA. A committee of the county legislature approved a bill to ban sales of those items.

The bill goes to the full county legislature next week.

Steven Stern's bill bans the sale of infant and toddler drinking cups containing bisphenol-a, a chemical found in many hard plastic items.

If there's a number 7 inside the arrowed chemical warning symbol on a container, BPA is in the plastic.

The chemical has been linked to endocrine and hormonal abnormalities in babies and young children.

Manufacturers of BPA containing plastic believe is safe, but the FDA recently agreed to reassess its stance that BPA poses no health risks.

Some retailers like Wal-Mart, CVS, Babies and Toys r Us have already voluntarily begun phasing out BPA baby products in stores.


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