BPA is not federally regulated and safety concerns continue to be researched. Parents, however, don’t want to wait around while science figures out whether BPA in plastic bottles, cups, containers, and other products is harming their kids, which makes banning BPA a hot state issue.
So far Connecticut andÂ Minnesota (as well as Chicago andÂ Suffolk County, N.Y.)Â Â have banned BPA in food and drink containers intended for children 3 and younger. Thirteen other states are trying to pass similar bills:Â Massachusetts,Â California,Â Washington,Â Wisconsin,Â Oregon,Â Maryland,Â Missouri,Â New Jersey,Â New Mexico,Â New York,Â Pennsylvania,Â Vermont,Â Washington, D.C.
The Department of Health and Human Services provides information for parents about keeping infants and children safe from the potential negative effects of BPA. I’m not really sure why the bans and HHS information is focused on babies and children under three. If BPA is dangerous, it shouldn’t be allowed in any food containers. We should all be safe.