Last Wednesday, Los Angeles mothers rallied to ban the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and children’s sippy cups. This Wednesday, concerned mothers and health advocates from across the state will gather in the halls of the California State Capitol to move the Assembly to support SB 797, legislation that would ban BPA from food and drink containers designed for children under three.
One of the most pervasive chemicals in modern life, BPA is used in thousands of consumer products, including food and beverage containers and the lining of metal cans, and yet exposure to the estrogen-mimicking chemical, especially during gestation and early infancy, is linked to adverse health effects, including later-life breast cancer.
If California bans BPA, the state will join Minnesota, Connecticut, Chicago and three New York counties in leading efforts to remove the chemical from children’s products, which has also been supported by movement in the marketplace away from the use of BPA. Six baby bottle manufacturers have pledged to stop using the chemical and retailers including CVS, Kmart, Safeway, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Whole Foods have announced they will stop selling BPA-containing baby bottles.
In the Sacramento area? Join the Breast Cancer Fund and concerned California parents on Wednesday, August 26, on the west steps of the State Capitol, and help us deliver “messages in baby bottles” to California Assembly members!
Also, view photos from the L.A. rally on our Facebook page.