BPA ban fails in California

September 15, 2009

According to Plastics News, an attempt to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and cups and infant formula cans in California has failed. The bill (S.B. 797) received a majority of votes in two separate votes earlier in Sept. in the state Assembly, but fell six votes short of the 41 needed for passage. It was then moved to the inactive file Sept. 11 at the request of Assembly Majority Leader Albert Torrico, D-Fremont, so it can be considered again in 2010. The proposed ban had passed the Senate 21-16 June 2, and received a majority 35-31 vote twice in the Assembly on Sept. 7, but proponents could not muster the additional votes needed for passage.

The California bill would have banned the manufacture, sale, and distribution of any liquid, food, or beverage that comes in a bottle or cup that contains more than parts per billion of BPA and is intended by use by children three or younger. It also would have banned the use of BPA as a liner in powdered infant formula cans, but not liquid infant formula cans.

“It is a shame that we have failed to protect our most vulnerable citizens” said Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Santa Monica, and a co-sponsor of the bill. She said she would renew her effort to protect children from BPA in the next legislative session.

The Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing and said it will decide by Nov. 30 whether it needs to change its long-held stance that there is not enough data to support a ban on the use of BPA in food packaging—in particular, baby bottles.

Plastics News article