It's official! The federal government has announced a formal ban on the use of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in all baby bottles and children's sippy cups, The New York Times reports.
"Manufacturers have already stopped using the chemical in baby bottles and sippy cups, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that its decision was a response to a request by the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry's main trade association, that rules allowing BPA in those products be phased out, in part to boost consumer confidence," according to The New York Times report.
Consumer groups have long argued that BPA should be removed from all food packaging—especially baby products—because the chemical can act like the hormone estrogen in the body. However, government studies found no cause for concern and the FDA declared BPA safe in 2008. In response to an increasing number of studies on BPA safety, the FDA then decided to revisit the issue with a large research effort. Earlier this year, the FDA said it was continuing "to review the safety of BPA."
"The chemical can leach into food, and a study of over 2,000 people found that more than 90 percent of them had BPA in their urine. Traces have also been found in breast milk, the blood of pregnant women and umbilical cord blood," The New York Times reports.
Bottle manufacturers voluntarily stopped using BPA years ago. Feel good about feeding your baby with our roundup of BPA-free bottles.