Vermont institutes latest BPA ban
Vermont has become the sixth U.S. state to pass a ban on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and spil...
Vermont has become the sixth U.S. state to pass a ban on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and spill-proof cups used by children.
The Vermont bill was signed into law on May 20 by Gov. Jim Douglas. The ban becomes effective on July 1, 2012, and outlaws the use of BPA in baby bottles, spill-proof cups and reusable food and beverage containers. The ban doesn’t apply to bottles and containers designed to be disposed after a single use, or to water cooler jugs.
BPA has been banned in baby bottles and formula in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and last year, the World Health Organization said it would be launching a study to look at the health effects of BPA. Canada was the first country to issue a BPA ban, Denmark recently followed, and France is considering a ban.
A plastic hardener used in polycarbonate manufacturing, BPA is commonly found in wide array of plastic products, as well as the lining of food and beverage cans, thermal paper, and resins used in nautical paint.