Assemblymember Betsy Butler: AB 1319 Key to Protecting Children’s Health


Posted on 20 August 2011

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SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic weekly address, Assemblymember Betsy Butler (D-Torrance) highlights AB 1319, legislation she has sponsored that seeks to ban the toxic chemical Bisphenol-A, known as BPA, in baby bottles and sippy cups.  Butler states more than 200 scientific studies show clear links between BPA exposure and a whole host of health problems.  Butler concludes by emphasizing the importance of AB 1319 to ensure “we rid ourselves of anything that puts our youngsters in danger.”

Click onto the following link for the English language MP3 file. The running time is: 3:23.

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Website of Assemblymember Betsy Butler: http://asmdc.org/members/a53/   

Transcript:

Hello, this is Assemblymember Betsy Butler.

The Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act, Assembly Bill 1319, is headed to the Senate Floor in what could put California on the right track to protecting the lives of its most vulnerable citizens: Our children.

I am proud to have introduced this important bill and am joined by more than a dozen of my fellow legislators who are co-authoring this bill to ban the toxic chemical Bisphenol-A, known as BPA, in baby bottles and sippy cups.

The bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of baby bottles and sippy cups for children three and younger that contain more than point one parts per billion of BPA.

If AB 1319 is signed into law, California will join eleven other states that have already enacted bans on BPA in these products for children.

BPA has also already been banned in baby bottles in Canada, China, and the European Union.

BPA is widely used in shatter-proof plastic baby bottles, sippy cups, and the lining of formula cans and leaches out of these containers into food.

There are more than 200 scientific studies showing clear links between BPA exposure and a whole host of health problems because BPA is a synthetic hormone which disrupts our endocrin systems.

Studies also show that BPA is in the bloodstream of more than 90 percent of our population at levels that have shown harm in animal studies.

This is a problem for children, who metabolize BPA more slowly than adults and may therefore be particularly vulnerable to BPA, which has been linked to early puberty, cancer, childhood obesity, autism, and hyperactivity.

And that is why the American Medical Association recently announced support for a ban on BPA-containing baby bottles and infant feeding cups and called on the industry to take action to stop producing them.

They join a growing list of medical organizations supporting a BPA ban, including the American Academy of Pediatrics of California, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the California Medical Association and the California Nurses Association.

In addition, several key federal agencies and scientific bodies have stated official concern about the safety of BPA, including the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the President’s Cancer Panel.

There’s also a growing consumer and industry movement against this chemical.

Many of the largest manufacturers of baby bottles are no longer selling bottles made with BPA and many major retailers are in the process of phasing out baby bottles with BPA, or have already done so.

Yet not everyone has access to BPA-free bottles in their local stores, or knows to look for them.  These products containing BPA are still widely available in markets across the state.

I hope the California Senate will agree that BPA is an unnecessary health risk for children and that it is time we rid ourselves of anything that puts our youngsters in danger.

Every child from every community in our state deserves access to safe products. This bill will do just that.

This is Assemblymember Betsy Butler,

Thanks for listening.