There's a move to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in children's bottles and sippy cups in Wisconsin. State Representative Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison) and State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban the chemical, used to harden plastic, from children's drink containers manufactured and sold in Wisconsin. Studies have linked BPA to cancer, heart disease and neurological defects.
Consumer awareness has grown recently and more companies are advertising non-BPA products, but the Roys says we shouldn't have to wait for businesses to decide when kids will be exposed to harmful toxins.
Efforts to ban BPA elsewhere have been battled by the plastics lobby who claim the research showing harmful effects are not conclusive.
Roys doesn't expect much opposition to her measure. Wisconsin would be the third state to ban the chemical in kiddie cups.