Maine Bans BPA in Baby Products

On Friday, Maine became the 9th state to ban bisphenol A in baby bottles and other reusable food and beverage containers. Support for the bill was bipartisan, with the House of Representatives voting 145 to 3 and the Senate voting unanimously.

The ban becomes law without Governor Paul LePage’s signature — he neither signed nor vetoed it in the ten days after the vote.

A former aide to LePage now represents the toy industry and had advised him to kill the ban. LePage eloquently expressed his opposition to the bill, stating:

“There hasn’t been any science that identifies that there is a problem. The only thing that I’ve heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.”
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Yikes.

The ban goes into effect January 1, 2012. Congratulations, Maine!

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