A ban has been placed on a chemical found in plastic bottles and cups used by babies.
Wired PR News – A county in New York has placed a ban on a chemical linked to plastic baby bottles and cups used by infants. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the ban on BPA (bisphenol A), compound used in the manufacturing of plastics, will soon be put into effect by a measure signed by Steve Levy, an Executive of Suffolk County on Thursday. It is said to be the first ban in the country on the chemical.
Some researchers have stated that BPA exposure over an extended period of time has harmful effects for children. However agencies such as the FDA have deemed it as safe. Urvashi Rangan with the nonprofit organization Consumers Union is quoted in the AP report as stating, “While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stands by, Suffolk County is taking measures to protect their most vulnerable population from the potential harm of BPA exposure.”
Suffolk Executive Levy is quoted as stating, “Of all the things a parent must worry about… whether or not their child is being harmed by a baby bottle should not be one of them.”
Other states are reportedly considering bans on BPA as well.
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