Minnesota bans bisphenol-A


Minnesota has taken the lead in the United States by banning a chemical used to help harden plastic from use in baby bottles and sippy cups, but was it just for show? News stories say that retail giants are already taking bottles made with the chemical -- which can leach from plastic containers into the food and drink they are holding and has been linked to hormonal disruption and other health problems, including cancer -- off their shelves on their own, plus the Minnesota ban doesn't start going into effect until next year and will not be fully implemented until 2011. The bill's author, state Sen. Sandy Rummel (DFL-White Bear Lake) tells MPR the ban is necessary for the sake of consistency, citing parents' concerns over not knowing which store items are or aren't free of the chemical. Canada has already banned bisphenol-A, or BPA, and several other U.S. states are currently considering their own bans. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the bill last Friday. The bill's original version reportedly provided for the ban to extend to other children's products as well, but in the end just applied to the children's drinking products. At the end of the day, it's no harm, no foul I guess. (By the way, what about the rest of us? Are adults already so chemical-laden that we're not worth the bother?)