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Bill would ban substance in baby bottles, sippy cups

June 2, 2009 |  4:29 pm

Despite a fierce lobbying effort by the U.S. chemical industry, the state Senate narrowly approved a proposal Tuesday that would ban the use of a substance in baby bottles, toddler sippy cups and food containers that independent scientists say is a threat to childhood development.

The bill by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) prohibiting the use of bisphenol A — more commonly dubbed BPA — now goes to the Assembly, where it is expected to face a wall of resistance from manufacturers of the infant products that contain the chemical.

Industry leaders have targeted California for an orchestrated lobbying and grass-roots public relations campaign to turn back efforts by health and consumer groups to ban the use of the chemical, a component in the manufacture of plastic containers.
 
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—Eric Bailey