A state lawmaker wants to ban BPA from products used by children.
Legislation from state Representative Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison) would ban retailers from selling any bottles or cups that contain bisphenol A, also known as BPA. Roys says the move is needed to send a message that the state is willing to stand up for the health and well being of children.
BPA is often found in hard plastics, and several studies have determined constant exposure can impact the neurological development of infants and small children. Roys says their risk is so great because small children get much of their nourishment in a liquid format, often from containers that could contain BPA.
Many retailers are already working to remove products from their shelves that contain BPA. Roys applauds the move, but says parents shouldn’t have to worry about it in the first place or go to a specialty retailer.
Violators could face fines of up to $5,000 and jail time.