"A state board votes to bar the chemical from baby products' containers. The Legislature has the final say."
"AUGUSTA — The state's Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously Thursday to approve a ban on bisphenol-A in packaging for baby food and infant formula.
The measure, which the board endorsed in a preliminary vote last week, now goes to the Legislature for final approval.
BPA is a chemical used in an epoxy resin that serves as a barrier between food and its packaging. Studies have suggested a link between the chemical and developmental problems, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, cancer and obesity.
Because BPA can mimic or disrupt hormones, critics claim it is even more of a risk for young children, because their bodies are still developing.
Thursday's measure expands legislation from 2011 that banned the chemical from reusable food and beverage containers and lids."