Winning the BPA battle state by state

Consumer Reports News: June 24, 2011 11:28 AM

Vastly different in size and on opposite coasts, California and Delaware shared at least one thing in common this week: both states advanced legislation to ban BPA in food containers for children.

Delaware’s legislature, unwavering in its support to protect its smallest citizens, passed the bill unanimously in both houses, clearing the Senate several weeks ago with a vote of 21-0 and the House on Wednesday 41-0. The bill, which bans the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups containing BPA, now goes to the governor to sign.

Meanwhile in California, a similar bill faced a hurdle in the Senate Health Committee, but made it through with a vote of 5-2. The bill, which also bans BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, was passed by the Assembly last month. The bill must be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee before it can advance to a full Senate vote.

These two states are on the verge of joining nine others that currently have BPA bans in place: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

26 states introduced legislation this year that would have banned BPA in certain children’s food containers, although many of the bills died in committee. Click here to see what's happening with BPA in your state.

—Meagen Bohne

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