California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill yesterday that officially bans the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, from baby bottles and toddlers' drinking cups.
The bill, the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act (AB 1319), will take effect July 1, 2013. It will prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of bottles or cups designed for kids 3 years old and younger that contain BPA at a level above 0.1 parts per billion. The law also requires manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative to BPA in those products.
California's original BPA legislation, introduced by Sen. Frank Pavley would have also banned BPA in all food and beverage containers designed for children 3 years and younger — including infant formula and baby food products. But that bill was defeated on the final day of the 2010 legislative session. AB 1319 was weakened to only include baby bottles and sippy cups, but it's still a great start toward protecting babies from a chemical linked to early puberty, childhood obesity, breast cancer and ADHD.
Ten other states, including Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Delaware and Maine have similar legislation in effect that bans BPA.