PA 09-103—sHB 6572

Environment Committee

General Law Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING BANNING BISPHENOL-A IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS AND FOOD PRODUCTS

SUMMARY: This act bans, starting October 1, 2011, the sale, manufacture, or distribution in the state of:

1. infant formula and baby food stored in plastic containers, jars, and cans containing bisphenol-A and

2. reusable food and beverage containers containing bisphenol-A.

It authorizes the consumer protection commissioner to enforce the ban within available appropriations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2011

INFANT FORMULA AND BABY FOOD IN CONTAINERS MADE WITH BISPHENOL-A

The act bans, starting October 1, 2011, anyone from manufacturing, selling, or offering for sale or distribution in Connecticut infant formula or baby food stored in a plastic container, can, or jar that contains bisphenol-A. It allows people who can prove they purchased these containers before October 1, 2011 to sell or distribute their existing inventory until October 1, 2012, if they can show they purchased about the same number of containers before October 1, 2011 that they purchased in the same period the previous year.

The act defines “infant formula” as a commercially available milk- or soy-based powder, concentrated liquid, or ready-to-feed substitute for human breast milk, intended for infant consumption. It defines “baby food” as a commercially available prepared solid food consisting of a soft paste or an easily chewed food intended for children age two or younger.

REUSABLE FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTAINERS MADE WITH BISPHENOL-A

Under the act, a reusable food or beverage container is a receptacle for storing food or beverages, including baby bottles, spill-proof cups, sports bottles, and thermoses, but excluding food and beverage containers intended for disposal after initial use.

BACKGROUND

Bisphenol-A

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used to make a hard, clear plastic known as polycarbonate, which is used in many consumer products, including reusable water bottles and baby bottles. BPA is also found in epoxy resins, which act as a protective lining on the inside of metal-based food and beverage cans. It has been shown in laboratory animal studies to have reproductive and developmental toxicity.