Earlier today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and children’s cups, what most of us refer to as sippy cups, but they have not declared BPA to be unsafe. Their decision was in response to the American Chemistry Council’s request that the chemical be banned. Believe it or not, that’s a group of companies that create BPA.
According to MNN’s family blogger Jenn, who reported on the issue when the American Chemistry Council made its request, the “13 major BPA producers currently do not sell the chemical to bottle makers.” Since manufacturers have already stopped using BPA in their infant and children’s cups, their products will not change, but it will make sure that the chemical can’t be added in the future.
Why would the makers of BPA ask the FDA to ban it in certain products? They say they did it “because of confusion, stirred by state legislative and regulatory actions, about whether baby bottles and cups for toddlers contain BPA.”
Because the request to ban BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups came from the American Chemistry Council, I don’t think we can look at this ban as the FDA conceding that BPA is harmful. BPA is still allowed in other containers including the liners of canned foods and plastic food containers and even containers that include baby formula.