On Tuesday, in a major legislative health breakthrough, the California Senate voted to ban bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups sold within the state. The Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act (AB 1319) will be heading back to the state Assembly later this year for a vote on Senate amendments.
While only banning BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups, the passing of this ban is monumental in the fight against BPA contamination. The next step may ultimately be to ban BPA from canned goods, plastic bottles, and perhaps the food supply as a whole.
Avoiding BPA is essential to maintaining optimum health, as is avoiding other similar substances. A new report has found that even products labeled “BPA-free” may contain toxic chemicals known as phthalates. It is especially integral in maintaining a proper hormonal balance in newborn babies and young toddlers, whose bodies are still developing.