Friday, July 1, 2011

Bye Bye BPA!

As we head into the July 4th weekend, Washington is declaring independence from BPA in children's food and beverage containers.

Thanks to last year's Safe Baby Bottle Bill, beginning July 1st , no bottles, cups or other containers for children under age 3 that contain the chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) can be made, sold or distributed in Washington.

Parents can breathe easier knowing that their young children won't be using sippy cups or other containers that include BPA, which over 150 independent studies have linked to increased risks of cancers, sexual dysfunction, diabetes and a host of other toxic threats.

Thanks largely to the leadership of Mary Lou Dickerson (D-Seattle) and House Democrats, Washington is a national leader in protecting children from toxic toys and unsafe food containers. In 2008, the Children's Safe Products Act made us the first state to enact strict standards for lead, cadmium, and phthalates in children's products—and Congress soon followed our lead by passing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The Safe Baby Bottle Law reaffirmed our leadership and commitment to kids

A year from today we will celebrate another milestone when the Safe Baby Bottle Bill bans BPA in sports bottles used by pregnant moms.