In 2010, Minnesota became the first state to ban the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups.
Minnesota manufacturers and wholesalers cannot sell bottles or cups that contain BPA for use by children younger than 3 years old.
By Jan. 1, 2011, no retailer may sell bottles or sippy cups with BPA in Minnesota.
BPA is found in common household products. It has been found in hard plastics that are usually clear, including plastic bottles, cups and food can liners. It seeps out of the plastics and into people's bodies. This can disrupt hormones.
More than 200 studies have found that BPA is linked to heart disease and cancer, among other diseases. To help avoid BPA in products:
- Choose plastic baby bottles and sippy cups that are made from nonpolycarbonate plastic. Look for "PC-free."
- Look for plastics that have the numbers 1, 2 or 5 in the recycling triangle.
- Use glass bottles.