Horrible Toxin Found in Baby Products Finally Banned ... But Not Everywhere

bpa ban in californiaCan I get a woot-woot? My state of residence, California, has finally done the right thing by banning that big bad old BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups. Governor Brown signed the bill into law today, making it illegal to keep poisoning our children -- directly anyway. You can still find BPA in can liners and a host of other places. But at least those drinking vessels that go directly into the smallest Californians' mouths are no longer allowed to have bisphenol-A.

Luckily, many companies that produce baby and children's products have already removed BPA from their cups, bowls, toys, and snack traps. But for those who are more interested in the bottom line than protecting kids from harmful chemicals, you'd better start thinking proactively, because the train has left the station.

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There are many other campaigns around the United States to rid our children's food, drinks, and products of harmful chemicals. Canada and the EU have already banned BPA, so we're way overdue to rid our cupboards and stores of this toxin here in the U.S.A. In fact, the one argument in California against this was that companies would then be open to lawsuits if the chemical were found in their products. But I have a solution to that problem: REMOVE THE BPA THAT CAUSES A MYRIAD OF HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM YOUR PRODUCTS.

Seriously, it's time that rest of the country get on the BPA-free train, like, yesterday. In the meantime, always check your sippy cups, food containers, and toys for a BPA-free label. Contact the company if you can't readily ID the contents. From cancer to disrupting your child's endocrine system, BPA is bad news. Until we have a federal ban, be aware and be safe.

Are you happy about this BPA ban?


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