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Toxics Bills Across the Country: The March is On!

Last month, we let the world know that states aren't waiting for Congress to act when it comes to toxic chemicals—at least 26 of them will be introducing bills to make their residents safer. And the country has taken notice!...

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Updates on the Fight Against BPA

Updated January 17, 2013. We thought that the beginning of the year would be a good time to update you on bisphenol A (BPA): the ubiquitous chemical that is found in canned goods, register receipts, children's products, plastics and even...

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Holiday Shopping: Safe Toy Tips

After the turkey is in the fridge and all the dishes are done, many will begin to prepare for Black Friday—the busiest shopping day of the year. If you are a Black Friday shopper, chances are that you will be...

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FDA refuses to regulate BPA, states continue the fight on behalf of consumers

Over three years ago, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) submitted a citizen petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): eliminate bisphenol A from all food packaging. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a toxic chemical that is ubiquitous and...

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South Dakota considers BPA bill this year

In January, we told you about 28 states that are considering toxic chemicals legislation in 2012. The forward momentum continues with South Dakota. State Representative Marc Feinstein (D-Sioux Falls) is sponsoring a bill in the house which would prohibit the...

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28 states to consider toxic chemicals legislation in 2012

By Sarah Doll, National Director for Safer States. With no action yet from Congress, state legislatures continue to work to protect citizens. The past couple years have seen unprecedented changes in the toxic chemicals landscape across the United States. In...

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Report round-up: Toxic chemicals in hidden places

Recent reports show that toxic chemicals are found in every corner of our lives. They are being found in everything from foam in children's products to household cleaners and canned foods. This month, we rounded up some of the most...

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Obesity: What do chemicals have to do with it?

It's no secret that the United States is battling overwhelming issues with obesity. Current statistics show that 34% of Americans are clinically obese, and 68% are overweight1, and the federal government has found that a third of American children are...

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Trailblazing States Make Industry Cry "Uncle" on BPA

Bowing to pressure from state legislatures and a healthy consumer demand for safer products, the chemical industry announced today they are asking the FDA to eliminate bisphenol-a (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups. The industry, led by the American...

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30 states working together to change a nation

In January, legislators and environmental health advocates in thirty states and Washington, DC announced that they will be introducing bills during their states' 2011 legislative sessions that will protect children and families from harmful toxic chemicals. The proposed policies run...

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30 States to announce toxic chemicals legislation January 19

In response to continued public concern over the presence of dangerous chemicals in common household products, coupled with Congressional inaction on the matter, on Wednesday, January 19, legislators and advocates in thirty states across the country and the District of...

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Massachusetts to ban BPA in baby bottles and cups...only

Originally published by The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow. Today the Public Health Council of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health voted unanimously to ban toxic Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and cups, making Massachusetts the 8th state to do...

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BPA in Money: The reaction

Last week, we shared with you a report that found Bisphenol-A (BPA) on our receipts and the cash money in our wallets. This finding points to the ubiquity of BPA -- it's in our wallets, in our plastic, in our...

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BPA is in our money and our receipts

A new report from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Washington Toxics Coalition found significant quantities of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in receipts; 95 percent of dollar bills tested were positive for lower amounts of BPA. BPA is a ubiquitous chemical which has...

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National BPA ban fails due to industry pressure

Last week, the federal government got closer than it's ever been to a ban on Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups -- and failed. The amendment's sponsor was Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). She had brokered an agreement between...

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Finally! Toy Makers Come Clean On Hidden Chemicals

Originally published at Washington Toxics Coalition. Remember the Fall of 2007 when Thomas, Elmo, Dora, and over 20 million toys were pulled from toy store shelves because they contained high levels of lead? Parents and other concerned consumers were left...

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BPA in pregnant women

A new study of BPA levels of pregnant women found that those who ate canned vegetables daily, were cashiers, or who were exposed to tobacco smoke had high concentrations of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in their systems. BPA was found in detectable...

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Is BPA making our kids grow up faster?

This was originally published at Washington Toxics Coalition. A lot has changed for kids growing up these days. But besides the obvious factors, like the ubiquity of cell phones, more fundamental changes have been taking place. Today, it’s not unusual...

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Update on BPA

There's been a lot of Bisphenol-A (BPA) information in the news lately, and we thought we'd bring you a round-up of the latest. We've updated our BPA fact page with this information and more. BPA in Dental Sealants The American...

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Industry trumps children: BPA ban defeated in CA

We bring you bad news today, as California's attempt to ban Bisphenol-A (BPA) from children's containers has failed. The bill had been passed by the California State Assembly and Senate, and was just back in the Senate for a final...

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Maine moving toward a BPA ban, but needs your help!

The state of Maine is looking to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) as the first "priority chemical" in their Kids-Safe Product Act (a law that was passed in 2008). BPA bans are already in place in Vermont, Maryland, Minnesota, Connecticut, Wisconsin and...

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New York BPA Bill Passed!

Originally published at The JustGreen Partnership site. Advocates applauded Governor Paterson today for signing into law the Bisphenol A-Free Children and Babies Act to end the sale of bisphenol-a-based baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers and straws as of December 1st...

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Is California's BPA Ban the Tipping Point?

In a dramatic moment last week, the California State Assembly passed a bill which would ban Bisphenol-A (BPA) from food and drink containers intended for children 3 and younger. The bill, which did not have enough votes earlier in the...

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BPA Victory in New York State

Great news is coming from New York State today, as a unanimous vote in the New York Legislature has a ban on Bisphenol-A (BPA) headed toward Governor David Paterson's desk. If signed, the ban will require that baby bottles, sippy...

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Maine looking to ban BPA in childrens' products

In 2008, Maine passed the "Kids-Safe Products Act," one of the strongest toxic chemical laws in the nation. It requires that the state adopt a list of priority chemicals which are harmful to children and that they be phased out...

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The States react to the President's Cancer Panel

Earlier this month the President's Cancer Panel, a panel of doctors who serve as a medical advisory committee to the President, released a report recommending that Americans take action in order to reduce cancer risk in their lives. The recommendations...

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BPA in Cans: The States Respond

The response around the country to Tuesday's No Silver Lining report release was loud and clear: Americans want Bisphenol-A (BPA) out of their cans, and they want it out now. The report found BPA in over 90% of the cans...

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Breaking News: No Silver Lining about BPA in Cans

Today, a report was released revealing new information about the amount of bisphenol-A (BPA) in our food products. Researchers collected 50 food and beverage containers from several states and Ontario, Canada. The cans contained a wide variety of products, and...

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Massachusetts BPA solution falls short

This week, the Massachusetts Public Health Council met to discuss a proposal to phase out certain children's products containing bisphenol-A (BPA). Our partner organization, The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, praised the move toward BPA regulation but urged that the...

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Cancer and the Environment: The President's Cancer Panel

Last week, the President's Cancer Panel -- a panel of doctors originally appointed by President Bush -- released a damning report underlining the acute need for stronger toxics laws. The report, which was submitted to President Obama before it was...

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BPA update: Victories in Maryland, Vermont and BPA-free cans

It has only been a few weeks since we have updated you on the fight against Bisphenol-A (BPA) , but we have a lot of news to report. BPA is the ubiquitous chemical that is in hard plastics, can liners,...

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BPA in our oceans: Hard plastics affecting whales and wildlife

This post was originally published by Washington Toxics Coalition. Japanese scientists have uncovered evidence that plastics are decomposing in oceans and releasing toxic chemicals. In tests from more than 200 sites in 20 countries, they discovered higher-than-expected levels of bisphenol...

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Massachusetts citizens call for strong BPA ban

The state of Massachusetts is considering a limited bisphenol-a (BPA) ban, with the charge being led by Governor Deval Patrick. When making this announcement, Governor Patrick mentioned regulation on baby bottles and sippy cups. However Safer representatives in the state...

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BPA Update: Victory in WA, Other News

More than 200 scientific studies have linked Bisphenol-A (BPA) to known health effects including impaired brain and reproductive development in unborn babies, miscarriage in pregnant women, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Populations that are particularly vulnerable to BPA are infants, children...

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BPA update: Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington

More than 200 scientific studies have linked Bisphenol-A (BPA) to known health effects including impaired brain and reproductive development in unborn babies, miscarriage in pregnant women, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Populations that are particularly vulnerable to BPA are infants, children...

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The Toxies names the bad actors of toxics

We are all looking forward to the Oscars this weekend, but this week Hollywood played host to another awards ceremony: The Toxies. This tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony hosted by Citizens for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) was created to bring...

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Maryland BPA ban heads to Governor for approval

Great news this morning: Maryland may be the third state in the nation to pass a ban against bisphenol-A (BPA) . The BPA Free Baby Bottle act is looking to ban BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups and would...

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BPA update in California

Good news out of California as they begin the slow march toward removing Bisphenol-A (BPA) from the lives of Californians. Proposition 65 is a law that was passed by California voters in 1986. Under this law, the government must publish...

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Washington State mom testifies before Congress

In November, we told you about the Earliest Exposures Report -- a report which described the test results of pregnant women who were tested in Washington, Oregon and California. Despite their best efforts, the mothers-to-be tested with high levels of...

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Washington State gets close to a BPA ban

Great news out of Washington state: Bisphenol-A (BPA) is close to being banned, which would make it the third state in the nation to pass a BPA ban in some form. Here’s the current status: The Washington State House of...

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FDA on BPA: What it means for the states

Imagine that you're the captain of the world's largest oil tanker. And you see danger ahead, and you need to turn that ship around as soon as possible, or at least steer the tanker to get it out of danger....

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Update on BPA

The message is clear: Americans are getting fed up with the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in a tremendous number of products in our lives. Pick up most newspapers, journals and magazines and you will see articles showing health effects and...

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About Bisphenol A

last updated: January 24, 2013 Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in hard plastics and epoxy resins. It was first used in the 1930's as a synthetic estrogen. These days, it helps make plastics strong while staying...

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FDA delays decision on BPA

Monday, environmental health advocates saw a promised FDA deadline pass. Congressmen Waxman and Stupak formally asked the FDA for a decision about the safety of Bisphenol-A (BPA). Scientific studies have linked BPA to known health effects including impaired brain and...

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BPA found in a wide range of food products

Consumer Reports Magazine released a report last week about bisphenol-A that is found in common canned products including soups, tuna and vegetables. The results showed that BPA exists in nearly every canned product, in amounts greater than outdated federal suggested...

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BPA tied to Behavior of Children

A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives this month states that bisphenol-A has been linked to behavior in children who were exposed to BPA in utero: young girls display more masculine tendencies and young boys display more feminine tendencies. The...

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Are household products making kids fat?

A fascinating article at Grist.com takes at look at how endocrine-disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA), flame retardants (PBDEs), PVC and phthalates are correlated to the obesity epidemic. Can chemicals make us fat? Many scientists are starting to connect the...

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Cocktail of chemicals to blame for decline in male virility

A recent British study is building on the case many scientists are making that endocrine-disrupting chemicals are responsible for a growing number of genital deformities and reproductive problems in men. These chemicals, which include bisphenol A, phthalates and many pesticides,...

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California BPA ban fails

The California state Assembly failed to pass SB 797, a bill which would have banned the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from use in children's food and drink products. SB 797 failed to secure the necessary votes despite overwhelming support...

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California to vote on BPA ban today

The nation is watching California today as the state assembly considers banning BPA in food and beverage containers intended for children. The American Chemistry Council spent $500,000 on a campaign to defeat the ban. The state senate voted to approve...

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Can SIGG brand recover after BPA deception?

As outrage over the SIGG water bottle controversy grows, business experts are asking whether a company that was dishonest about the presence of BPA in its products can ever recover. SIGG, a Swiss company that produces aluminum water bottles, saw...

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SIGG shocks consumers, saying bottles contain BPA

Health-conscious consumers are outraged this week after makers of the metal SIGG water bottles announced recently that until last August the bottles were lined with an epoxy liner that included bisphenol A (BPA). As concern about BPA’s presence in plastic...

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BPA industry fights back with tobacco-inspired propaganda

A four-month investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s watchdog reporters has found that the chemical and plastics industries are undertaking a massive million-dollar public relations campaign to distort information about the safety of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA). The...

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The Safer Cans campaign is working (on Coke)

This summer, Safer States, along with coalition partners that include Clean New York, Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, Ecology Center, Environmental Health Strategy Center, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, SafeMama, and Washington Toxics Coalition, launched the Safer...

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New York counties continue to ban BPA

Two more New York counties have banned bisphenol A (BPA) from children’s beverage containers, following the lead of Suffolk County, NY, which was the first jurisdiction in the country to pass such a ban back in March. On Monday, Albany...

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Experts signal seriousness of hormone disruptors

You know something must be going on when a medical specialty organization for endocrinology publishes a scientific paper on chemicals in plastics and pesticides and personal care products. Endocrinology is the study of the endocrine glands, like the thyroid, pituitary,...

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Health officials tell parents to avoid BPA

Massachusetts health officials released a statement this week warning parents of small children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid using food and drink containers containing bisphenol A (BPA). The Massachusetts Department of Public Health warning was welcomed...

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Bottles sold as 'BPA-free' may not be

Baby bottles marketed as "BPA-free" may actually contain the toxic chemical, testing by Canada's public health agency shows. Nine bottle brands tested by Health Canada were found to contain bisphenol A - and two of the nine had high readings...

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Rise in chemicals leads to 'reproductive roulette'

Reproductive health has declined as the number of chemicals families are exposed to rises, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. Chemical production in the United States has increased 30 percent since 1979. Problems with reproduction...

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Listen live to California BPA hearing

California will today consider adding bisphenol A to its Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to be reproductive and developmental toxicants. An audiocast of the California Environmental Protection Agency hearing, which begins at 10 a.m. PST, will be available here....

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California bills roll on

Two key pieces of legislation in California's fight against flame retardants and bisphenol A moved forward yesterday. The state's proposed BPA ban (Senate Bill 779) and legislation that would help remove flame retardants from children's products (Senate Bill 772) passed...

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Science builds against BPA

With all of the new studies telling us time and again that bisphenol A (BPA) is bad for us, it can be easy to loose track of the latest facts. An article in Science News takes a look at all...

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Doctor explores link between toxic chemicals and autism

One of America’s leading pediatricians is asking whether hormone-disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A, phthalates and flame retardants are to blame for the rising tide of autism. Harvey Karp, M.D., best-selling author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and an...

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Endocrine disruptors threaten our reproductive health

The alarming health threat posed by endocrine-disrupting chemicals including phthalates and bisphenol A was clearly distilled Sunday in a column, It's Time to Learn From Frogs, by the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof. Kristof, who often writes about global conflict,...

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Science, states add eyes on BPA

High-profile state legislation plus the Food and Drug Administration’s promised examination of bisphenol A (BPA) health effects could equal big strides toward banning BPA. The California State Senate on June 2 passed a ban on BPA in food and drink...

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"Safe" doses of BPA impact reproductive health

Another week, another scientific study finding bisphenol A (BPA) may have adverse impacts on our health. This week another study reported that exposure to low doses of BPA had significant reproductive health effects, including early onset of puberty. A study...

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AG takes on industry plot to deceive public about BPA

Connecticut’s Attorney General is going after the food packaging and chemical industries for their plans to use fear tactics and misleading advertising to convince the public that bisphenol A is a safe chemical for food and drink containers. Connecticut just...

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Scientists recommend getting BPA out of your diet

Concern about the health effects of bisphenol A (BPA) is growing in the scientific community, with a new study linking the toxic chemical to heart disease and a scientific group meeting in Washington D.C. last week recommending people protect themselves...

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Two cents for safer BPA-free cans

The toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is used to line most metal cans containing soup, soda, fruit and vegetables and more that you find in grocery stores across America. BPA is widespread in our food and beverage supply despite its...

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Maine moms send message in a bottle

Maine moms are pumping up efforts to push legislators and local businesses toward removing products containing bisphenol A (BPA) from stores. Activists gathered in Portland's Monument Square June 4 to demand stepped-up efforts at protecting consumers from harmful chemicals. Michael...

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Chemical industry angers demographic it wants to woo

In the aftermath of revelations that representatives of the food packaging and chemical industries met at a swanky Washington D.C. club recently to talk about how to generate positive public opinion on controversial chemical bisphenol A there was one group...

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Canners feeling the heat on BPA

This week’s biggest environmental health news was the revelation that the canning industry trade group, the chemical industry and others met at a swanky Washington, D.C. club to discuss how to use “fear tactics” to hold the line against a...

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Connecticut passes groundbreaking BPA ban

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...

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California's Senate votes to ban BPA in baby products

California’s Senate has passed a ban on bisphenol A in food and drink containers intended for children under the age of 3, putting California on track to become the second or third state to ban the toxic chemical. Minnesota was...

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Chemical industry on the ropes

Chemical and food industry representatives held a closed-door meeting at an exclusive Washington, D.C. club late last week to discuss how to turn the tide of increasingly negative public opinion surrounding the toxic chemical bisphenol A, according to weekend reports...

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Study: Plastic bottles deliver BPA to our bodies

A new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health has confirmed that drinking beverages from polycarbonate plastic water bottles will quickly and dramatically increase a person’s bisphenol A levels. In fact, the study found that students who cleared...

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Connecticut: Senate passes BPA ban

Connecticut’s Senate has passed a bill that will ban bisphenol A from baby bottles and reusable food and drink containers with a nearly unanimous vote of 35-1. Connecticut is on its way to become the second state this month to...

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BPA affects development of monkeys, tadpoles and humans

The bad news keeps on coming as scientists continue to learn more about bisphenol A. Studies released in the past week show that: male monkeys who were exposed to bisphenol A (BPA) in the womb act more like female monkeys...

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Chicago bans BPA

Chicago has become the first city to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from children's products. The ban comes on the heels of Minnesota becoming the first state to enact a ban and Suffolk County, NY becoming the first county and first...

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States hope to join Minnesota in banning BPA

As legislative sessions in some states come to a close, the effort to pass bans on bispehnol A (BPA) has intensified. The chemical industry seems to be pulling out all the stops to block passage of the remaining bills. On...

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Minnesota becomes the first state to ban BPA!

Minnesota has become the the first state in the nation to pass a ban on bisphenol A (BPA). An incredible grassroots campaign powered by a diverse coalition of parents, scientists, environmentalists, and health advocates shut down the chemical industry's efforts...

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BPA may be behind earlier onset of puberty in girls

A new European study has found that girls are entering puberty earlier than just 15 years ago, causing scientists to speculate about the role endocrine-disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) may be playing in such a dramatic shift in human...

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BPA bills on the move in key states

Bills that would ban bisphenol A from children’s products are scheduled to make their way through key committees and legislative bodies during the next week. Although Suffolk County, New York passed its ban on BPA in baby bottles earlier in...

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Washington State BPA bill fails

The Washington State Legislature finished their session April 26 with the Senate failing to take action on a bill to eliminate the hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups. Opponents of the bill included the...

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The politics of bisphenol A in Minnesota

Our friends at Healthy Legacy sent along this blog post about the effort to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups in Minnesota. The post was written by Megan Gamble at MN Publius. She makes the point...

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Companies not doing enough to get BPA out of food packaging

Many leading packaged food companies use bisphenol A (BPA) in their packaging and are taking insufficient steps to move toward alternatives. Popular brands such as Heinz, Nestlé, General Mills, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola all sell food and beverages packaged in BPA...

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NPR mischaracterizes concern about BPA science

A National Public Radio (NPR) report by Jon Hamilton about a proposed federal ban on bisphenol A (BPA) mischaracterized the scientific concern about BPA exposure – particularly to infants and young children. By asserting efforts to ban BPA are based...

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Connecticut’s BPA ban moves forward

Connecticut came closer to becoming the first state to ban bisphenol A from food and beverage containers Tuesday. The ban passed an important hurdle when a legislative committee unanimously endorsed the bill, according to a story in Forbes. While legislators...

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Scientists say FDA still getting it wrong on bisphenol A

A collection of international scientists is preparing to release a statement saying that the Food and Drug Administration’s claim that bisphenol A is safe is unreliable, according to a story in Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The scientists gathered in late...

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BPA health threat extends to canned goods

The health threat bisphenol A poses extends far beyond baby bottles and affects many more Americans than just small children. That’s because BPA is present in so many common food containers, like the food and soda cans stocking many Americans’...

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It's Official! Suffolk County Bans BPA

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announced on April 2 that he signed the first in the nation ban on the sale of baby bottles and cups containing Bisphenol-A. BPA is a chemical used to make plastic materials clear and shatter-resistant....

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Illinois' major newspapers favor BPA ban

Three of Illinois’ leading newspapers have come out in favor of a state bill that would ban bisphenol A from children’s beverage containers like baby bottles and sippy cups. The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Herald all have...

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Washington State BPA bill resuscitated

The Washington State legislation that would prevent the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups has been rescued by Senate leadership, just one day after the bill was thought to be dead. One member of the...

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Washington: BPA bill dead in Senate

Washington State has lost its opportunity to be the first state to ban bisphenol A from children’s products. Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson told the Associated Press that the bill has died in the Senate. The bill had strong support in...

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Food additives found to disrupt hormones

News in the past year has focused on concerns that hormone-altering chemicals are leaching into our food via plastic food containers. But bisphenol A, which is found in food containers, the lining of food and soda cans, plastic wrap and...

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Study: BPA impairs brain function

A study conducted by the Yale School of Medicine has found that long-term, low levels of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) impairs brain function and could lead to memory loss, learning difficulties and depression. Unlike most BPA studies, which are...

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Is the plastics industry losing faith in the FDA?

Two commentaries ask whether recent market trends of industries substituting safer chemicals for bisphenol A (BPA) can be taken as a sign that the plastics industry doesn’t trust the FDA’s determination that BPA is safe. Rich Liroff (pictured), director of...

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Domino effect for BPA

The momentum to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s products continued to grow this week, with one commentator predicting that it would only be “a matter of a few years at most, babies living in the USA will likely be...

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Congress to consider national BPA ban

Congressional leaders have introduced a bill to ban bisphenol A in all food and beverage containers, capping weeks of milestones for the movement to ban BPA. The bill is a big step forward and goes further than some bans being...

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Citing safety concerns, chemical maker restricts BPA sales

Stating that there is an "insufficient" margin of safety for use of bisphenol A (BPA) in children's products, Sunoco has become the first chemical manufacturer to voluntarily take a step to protect children from the health effects of BPA. Sunoco...

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