"Oregon Senate Shoots Down Ban on BPA in Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups"

"Oregon's Senate shot down a bill this morning that would have banned a potential endocrine-disrupting chemical from baby bottles and sippy cups, splitting 15-15 on a ban that Washington's Legislature has endorsed with lopsided votes.

Opponents to a ban on bottles and sippy cups including bisphenol-A, or BPA, said the market was already taking care of the problem, with an estimated 90 percent of the bottles and sippy cups offered in Oregon now BPA-free.

They also warned the ban in Senate Bill 1032 could be a first step toward banning the chemical from the lining of canned products, which they said would hurt Oregon food processors."

Scott Learn reports for the Portland Oregonian February 16, 2010.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010