BPA-free baby bottles

Julio Alberto Cruz

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Good news regarding our government doing something about being more sustainable.

The state Assembly passed the Toxin-Free Toddlers and Babies Act, commonly known as SB 797, on Thursday, July 1, banning the use of BPA in baby bottles, which are use for food and formula.

It’s a step forward no matter what, not only to start using less plastic, or using less to zero harmful chemicals, but to think of a healthier environment as a whole.

This bill also ensures a healthier lifestyle. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saw that the “artificial hormone that often is used in shatter-proof plastic baby bottles, sippy cups and linings of cans, including those containing baby formulas” is actually harmful, especially to children.

The FDA called for more studies due to BPA being linked to asthma, autism, breast cancer, hyperactivity and infertility.

Some parents are switching to glass bottles, though it could be inconvenient to travel with glass containers, but the least that can be done is to consider BPA-free bottles.

SB 797 was written by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), and introduced in early 2009. It will return to the Senate for reconciliation vote in August, and then it could be moved to Gov. Schwarzenegger for his signature.

Hopefully Gov. Schwarzenegger signs the bill so manufacturers of infant formula and baby bottles would discontinue the use of BPA by January 2012.