July 19, 2012

(Denver) – Rep. Daniel Kagan (D-Cherry Hills Village), who sponsored a bill this year to restrict the use of a chemical called BPA, applauded the federal government’s announcement that it was banning the chemical in baby bottles and sippy cups.

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that pacifiers, bottles and cups for infants and toddlers could no longer contain BPA, or bisphenol-A, which is chemically akin to estrogen. Most manufacturers had voluntarily stopped such uses of the chemical, and the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s trade association, had asked the FDA to make the change.

Rep. Kagan’s HB12-1174, banning the sale of children’s products containing BPA, was killed in February in the House Economic and Business Development Committee.

“The FDA has done precisely what I was asking the Colorado legislature to do,” Rep. Kagan said. “Action at the federal level prevents Colorado and other states without BPA restrictions from becoming dumping grounds for baby products containing BPA.

The FDA is still allowing BPA in other consumer products, though it said in 2010 that it had “some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.” BPA is widely used in food and beverage cans and bottles, and a recent study of 2,000 Americans found traces of the chemical in 90 percent of them.

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