Colorado lawmaker proposes BPA ban

DENVER  – There are big concerns about the chemical Biphenol-A, better known as BPA. Now some Colorado lawmakers want to rid our state of that chemical.

If you look on store shelves today you’re more likely to find baby products like bottles, sippy-cups and pacifiers that say “BPA Free.”

However, items like bath toys, teething rings and milk storage bags may still contain BPA and are still being sold on store shelves throughout Colorado.

Now one Colorado Lawmaker is trying to change that.

“There are fewer and fewer BPA products on our store shelves and we want to make sure there are none,” Representative Daniel Kagan stepped up to the microphone at a press event at the State Capitol Monday afternoon to voice his concern for Colorado kids.

“The states that haven’t yet banned BPA are the ones that these BPA bottles and sippy-cups are being dumped. We want to make sure our Colorado infants are not victims of that process,” he says.

So far 11 states have banned BPA baby products. Representative Kagan wants to add Colorado to that list.

“The National Toxicology Program and the Food and Drug Administration have both expressed concern about the possible effects of BPA on very small children,” adds Kagan.

Biphenol-A is the chemical that hardens plastic. Some studies link BPA to learning disabilities, reproductive problems, cancer and obesity.

“I don`t know that much about it but I know enough to know I don`t like it,” says Denver mom, Faye Park. “My job is to raise my kids to be healthy and safe and that means keeping chemicals that can hurt their brains out of their bodies,” she says.

While there is currently no federal action taken to ban BPA products, Representative Kagan says Colorado needs to stay one step ahead.

“This is what the public wants.”

If the ban passes through the House and Senate the ban will not be fully in effect until July 2013. Until then it is up to you to decide whether or not BPA products are safe for you and your family.