State ban on BPA in sports bottles goes into effect

July 11, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10:30 a.m. July 11, 2012

Starting July 1, state law outlawed the manufacture, sale and distribution of sports bottle containing the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA.

The law covers sports bottles up to 64 ounces. BPA is used to keep plastic containers airtight, but has been linked to health problems, including miscarriages.

BPA is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.

Polycarbonate plastic has been used to make products, such as compact discs, eyeglass lenses, water bottles and baby bottles. Epoxy resins line many food and drink containers.

The ban on BPA in sports bottles is the second phase in a state ban on certain products containing BPA. Legislators banned the chemical in a 2010 decision.

The initial step in a state law banning BPA started in July 2011, as the state banned BPA-containing bottles, cups and other containers for children younger than 3.

However, cans designed to hold or pack food can still contain BPA.

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