The state of Minnesota has been a national leader in protecting children’s health from toxic chemical exposure. Minnesota was the first in the nation to ban Bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups and the first to ban formaldehyde releasing chemicals from children’s shampoo and other body products. The state also required the Minnesota Department of Health to create a list of harmful chemicals found in children’s products as a next step toward protecting children’s health. The agency identified over 1,700 chemicals of concern and nine priority chemicals. Health advocates in Minnesota are working to pass the Toxic Free Kids’ Act this year to ensure consumers have important information about priority chemicals in children’s products and can have the choice of purchasing safer products.
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