Connecticut is the first state in the nation to ban the toxic chemical bisphenol A from infant formula and baby food cans and jars, as well as the full range of reusable food and beverage containers.
Governor M. Jodi Rell (R) has signed the legislation into law, which will take effect on Oct. 1, 2011. The BPA ban passed with significant bipartisan support; only one vote was cast in opposition to the final version of the bill.
“Connecticut’s landmark BPA bill will reduce exposure to an unnecessary hormone disruptor, and provide much needed protection for infants and toddlers,” said State Representative Beth Bye. “This grassroots victory resulted from the persistent determination of a broad group of non-profit organizations, legislators, and individual voters around the state who took the time to personally contact their elected officials.”
A diverse coalition of over 50 Connecticut non-profits teamed up to support the measure, including health professionals, labor unions, faith communities, environmental organizations, public health, reproductive rights, and health affected groups.
BPA was first synthesized as a sex hormone and can now be found in common household products. BPA leaches out of plastic bottles, cups, and food can liners, particularly when heated, and contaminates food, beverages and ultimately the human body. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, 93 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPA in their bodies.
Twenty states and four localities have proposed bans on BPA based on concerns that the chemical harms human health. Bills similar in scope to the Connecticut legislation are now pending in California, Michigan, and New York.
Members of the U.S. Congress are also starting to take note of consumer demand for BPA-free products. Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) have introduced bills that would ban BPA from food and beverage containers nationwide.
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May I be the first (obviously!) to introduce your writer to the governor of the great State of Connecticut: Dannel Patrick Malloy (D) who assumed office on 5 January of 2011. What other inaccuracies are contained in this report, it intrigues one to wonder.