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New York State bans bisphenol A


New York State has become the latest US state to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials.

Governor David A Paterson last week signed the bill into law that will prohibit the manufacture and sale of “child care products” containing the chemical. A statement from Paterson’s office said the chemical is a known endocrine disruptor and noted that “while it has not been conclusively proven to harm children or adults, a growing body of science indicates that infants and young children may be vulnerable to serious developmental problems as a result of exposure to BPA”.

"Protecting New York's children is one of the most important roles that a Governor can play," Governor Paterson said. "This law will ensure that a potentially harmful substance is no longer allowed in products used by our smallest and most vulnerable citizens."

It was reported that the new law would come into effect in December 2010.

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