Chicago Poised to Ban BPA in Baby Products

Chicago might become the first nation to ban baby bottles and cups containing the potentially harmful chemical bisphenol A (BPA). You might remember we blogged about BPA last year.

Laboratory tests have linked BPA to breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders.

Unfortunately, the FDA ruled last summer that BPA is safe, ignoring advice from its scientific advisory board. That's why it's even more crucial that cities and states take matters into their own hands.

According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, earlier this week a Chicago City Council committee advanced a proposal to ban BPA in any empty bottle or cup specifically designed to be filled with food or liquid to be used primarily by a child under the age of 3. Stores would be required to post signs alerting consumers that products are BPA-free.

Canada and the state of Minnesota have banned BPA containers. Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us and CVS have pledge to stop selling products packaged in BPA containers.

In a unanimous vote, the City Council moves Chicago toward a ban that would be effective in 2010. Hopefully Chicago will set an example as the first city to enforce stricter BPA regulations.