Regulators hear testimony supporting bisphenol-A ban

Posted Aug. 19, 2010, at 5:55 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposal to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby bottles, sippy cups, water bottles and other reusable food and beverage containers is getting a show of support from parents, scientists, doctors and nurses.

Maine environmental regulators are considering the ban by making BPA Maine’s first “Priority Chemical” under the Kid-Safe Products Act of 2008.

Dr. Jeffrey Peterson, a pediatrician from Yarmouth, told the Board of Environmental Protection on Thursday that the “scientific evidence against BPA is overwhelming.”

The law authorized the regulation of food packaging when intentionally marketed to or intended for use by children under 3. If supported by the BEP, the proposal will then go to the Legislature for final passage.

The federal Food and Drug Administration in January issued a report that said the agency “shares the perspective of the National Toxicology Program that recent studies provide reason for some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.”

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