Oregon lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that would ban the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, in containers that young children drink from. Some industry groups oppose the move and others think the FDA should be the one to regulate BPA and other chemicals.
A few states (and cities such as Chicago) have passed various kinds of BPA bans. Washington is also considering one. Recently, the FDA expressed “some concern” about the chemical, and there are bills in Congress that propose a a much wider ban than the one in the Oregon legislature.
Do you look for a “BPA-free” label when you buy bottles or sippy cups? Are you a retailer who carries these products? What concerns do you have about Bisphenol A? Should regulating chemicals like BPA be left to the federal government?
- Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis: Program director for Oregon Environmental Council
- Joe Gilliam: President of the Northwest Grocery Association
- Margie Kelly: Communications director with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition
- Michael Potter: CEO of Eden Foods