For the second straight year, three federal legislators have introduced a bill that would ban the use of bisphenol A in all food and beverage containers. But this time, the bill is more wide reaching than the ban they proposed in 2008.
The earlier measure would have only applied to products, such as polycarbonate baby bottles, that are intended for children 3 and younger.
Rep. Edward Markey., D-Mass., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said March 13 that the Ban the Poisonous Addictives Act of 2009 would ban BPA from reusable food containers such as baby bottles and thermoses, as well as metal food containers and cans of infant formula.
The lawmakers' announcement came one day after Philadelphia-based Sunoco Chemicals acknowledged that it had told investors last November that the firm was no longer selling BPA to companies for use in containers geared toward small children.