Aldermen urge ban of chemical

May 11, 2009 5:04:34 PM PDT
Chicago could soon be the first U.S. city to ban the sale of baby bottles and cups containing the chemical Bisphenol A.It's used in some baby bottles, water bottles, plastic containers and the linings of food cans. Some studies have indicated that its harmful in small doses.

Two Chicago aldermen say it has also been linked to cancers, obesity and many other health problems.

The aldermen introducing the bill say they hope the ordinance sets a precedent for citys across the country.

"The Chicago City Council is not going to wait. And it's sending a strong message not only to the FDA but to other communities to say it is time to move forward. It is time to protect our children," said Ald. Manny Flores, 1st Ward.

The ordinance was passed on Monday by Chicago's Joint Committee on Finance and License and Consumer Protection. It will be considered for a full city council vote on Wednesday.


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