Multnomah County has scheduled public meetings this month to discuss its proposed ban on plastic bottles containing the chemical BPA.
The ban pertains to baby bottles, sippy cups and bottles for sports drinks. Studies have shown that bisphenol-A can interfere with hormones in young children, causing the early onset of puberty.
The ban is complaint-driven. Consumers are urged to call the county if they find such products.
But Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis, with the Oregon Environmental Council, concedes it’s not easy to tell.
“If it says it’s BPA free then you can assume that most likely it’s BPA free…. If it doesn’t say, was it manufactured before a certain date? Because we know there is a larger percentage of baby bottles and sippy cups that after 2009 stopped making products that contain BPA.”
The county’s public meetings to discuss the ban are scheduled for March 12 and 14th.
Similar BPA bans have gone into effect in Canada and several other states. A statewide ban was defeated in Oregon’s legislature.
Opponents argued there’s no specific proof the chemical is unsafe in food containers.
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