The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported yesterday that leaders from the House of Representatives and the Senate announced legislation to establish a federal ban on bisphenol-a in all food and beverage containers intended for use with children under 3 years old.
The move came on the heels of two other major announcements:
- The six largest baby bottle makers agreed to stop selling polycarbonate bottles in the U.S.
- Sunoko, a chemical manufacturer, became the first chemical manufacturer to voluntarily require their manufacturing clients to guarantee that BPA will not be used in food or water containers in products intended for children.
The bills call for an immediate end to the production of food and drink containers made with BPA – including canned baby formula, which is arguably the largest single source of BPA exposure for infants. The legislation falls nicely in line with the Kid-Safe Chemical, Act which supports a much needed overhaul of the nation's current toxic chemical regulatory law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
As of now, TSCA does not require chemicals to be proven safe before being placed on the market. Under federal law, the EPA does not have the authority to demand the information it needs to evaluate a chemical's risk, and neither manufacturers nor the EPA are required to prove a chemical's safety as a condition of use. The Kid-Safe Chemical Act aims to change all this through reforming the TSCA to require that new chemicals be safety tested before they are sold and that chemical manufacturers test and prove that the 62,000 chemicals already on the market that have never been tested are indeed safe in order for them to remain in commerce.