FDA Officially Bans BPA in Baby Bottles and Children’s Cups

Did you hear the great news today?

Today, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially stated that baby bottles and children’s drinking cups will no longer contain BPA (biphenol A).

“Manufacturers have already stopped using the chemical in baby bottles and sippy cups, and the F.D.A. 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 raise consumer confidence.”

BPA is an estrogen-mimicking industry chemical that can leach into food from containers. There have been some reports that traces of BPA found in the body can cause negative health effects. As great as the ban is, unfortunately it does not apply to banning BPA in other food containers. To know which plastic items contain BPA, they usually have a 7 written on the bottom for recycling purposes.

Even though most manufacturers have stopped using BPA in baby items, at least now we can confidently buy baby bottles and sippy cups with this new ban – yay!