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A legislative committee in the Connecticut General Assembly has unanimously voted to phase in restrictions on the making of baby bottles and other food containers with bisphenol-A, or BPA, which some scientists believe poses health risks to children.

BPA has been the subject of some controversy, with a series of studies linking BPA with health problems that include diabetes and heart disease. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a draft assessment saying that BPA does not pose a health hazard when people are exposed to small amounts, and that conclusion has been confirmed by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Authority, Health Canada, the World Health Organization, Health and Consumer Protection Directorate of the European Commission; the European Chemical Bureau of the European Union; the European Scientific Panel on Food Additives, Flavorings, Processing Aids, and Materials in Contact with Food; and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, as well as the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the American Chemistry Council.

However, that hasn’t stopped the Canadian government, Consumers Union (CU), the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Walmart from disagreeing with the FDA decision; in Walmart’s case, it is not selling children’s products containing BPA. In New York State, Suffolk County has banned the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in empty beverage containers for children under the age of three, and California, Oregon, and Hawaii also are considering some sort of restrictive legislation. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) said that he plans to introduce similar BPA-banning legislation in Congress.

KC's View:
BPA is so over. There may be companies and even federal regulatory agencies that don't realize it, but this chapter has been written.