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Englebright Measure Banning BPA Signed into Law

State bans children's products containing bisphenol-A, which can cause growth problems in children.

A bill banning the sale of certain children's products containing the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D, Setauket) and Senator Antoine Thompson (D, Buffalo), was signed into law this week by Governor David Paterson.

Baby bottles, bottle liners, cups and lids, sippy cups, pacifiers, and teethers containing BPA will no longer be sold in New York when the bill goes into effect December 1. The bill took about five years to come to fruition.

New York is the seventh state to ban the sale of products containing BPA, which is used as a hardening agent in the manufacturing of clear plastics and and epoxy resins.

Chemically, BPA is an endocrine disruptor which resembles estrogen and is linked to the early onset of puberty as well as insulin resistance, thyroid problems, obesity, and changes in prostate and mammary gland development, Englebright said in a statement.

"Once again, New York has established a leadership position in the fight to protect infants and young children from exposure to toxic chemicals," he said.

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