FDA Bans BPA from Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

July 19, 2012

The ban is a response to a 2011 petition from the American Chemistry Council.

FDA has banned the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups, according to a decision published Tuesday in the Federal Register. The ban is a response to a 2011 petition from the American Chemistry Council.

FDA’s ban will cover baby bottles, sippy cups, and their closures and lids. The agency says its decision is based on the fact that the majority of industry has already abandoned using BPA in these productions.

While FDA also called for a BPA ban from infant formula packaging in June, one of the agency’s most vocal critics on BPA, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), says FDA isn’t doing enough.

“This is only a baby step in the fight to eradicate BPA,” said NRDC senior scientist Sarah Janssen, PhD. “FDA needs to ban BPA from all food packaging. This half-hearted action-taken only after consumers shifted away from BPA in children’s products-is inadequate. FDA continues to dodge the bigger questions of BPA’s safety.”