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. In 2009, Minnesota adopted the Toxic-Free Kids Act to ensure consumers have important information about priority chemicals in children’s products and can have the choice of purchasing safer products.

In more recent years, Minnesota has banned certain flame-retardant chemicals in mattresses and other household products to protect firefighters and children from exposure to toxins that pose a health risk. In 2021, Minnesota adopted an omnibus bill that provides funding to develop and implement an initiative to reduce sources of PFAS contamination and prohibits PFAS in food packaging.



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