Chicago passes BPA ban

May 18, 2009

According to The New York Times, on May 13, the Chicago City Council voted to ban the use of bisphenol (BPA) in plastic baby bottles and sippy cups for children under 3 years old. Mayor Richard Daley said he will sign the ordinance, in which case the ban will be implemented in early 2010. On May 7, Minnesota was the first U.S. state to ban BPA. Federal legislation, “Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2009,” to ban BPA in all food and beverage containers was introduced in Congress on March 20, 2009. The bills, which are identical, are sponsored by Representatives Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Six of the largest manufacturers of baby bottles recently decided they will no longer sell bottles made with BPA. In addition, retailers such as Babies ‘R’ Us, Safeway, Target, Toys ‘R’ Us, CVS, and Wal-Mart are in the process of or have already phased out selling baby bottles with BPA, and chemical giant Sunoco, acknowledging the safety concerns about BPA, recently announced they would restrict the sales of the controversial chemical in baby bottles and food containers for children under three. Several states, such as California, Connecticut, New York, and Michigan are also considering BPA bans. In 2008, the Canadian government banned its use in baby bottles.

The New York Times article