New York’s two U.S. senators want to ban the chemical BPA from food and beverage containers used by infants and toddlers.
Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand point to a Consumer Reports study that shows BPA is in a wider range of products than was previously thought.
They said Sunday they will introduce the BPA-Free Kids Act.
BPA, or bisphenol A, is used to harden plastics in many consumer products including CDs and reusable bottles. It’s also present in some food container linings.
Some scientists believe BPA exposure may harm the reproductive and nervous systems and possibly promote prostate and breast cancers.
A proposed federal ban on BPA in all food containers is pending in Congress, and some two dozen states have pending bills that would restrict BPA.
Earlier this year, Suffolk County banned the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups that use BPA.
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