In an article published on July 24, 2018, by news provider Environmental Health News, Brian Bienkowski reported on a bill that has been passed by the New York State Assembly banning bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) substitution chemicals in children’s products. The bill would amend the “Bisphenol A-free Children and Babies Act” in the Environmental Conservation Law that prohibits the sale of children’s products containing BPA. The draft amendment includes the ban of the bisphenol-based substitutes bisphenol S (BPS, CAS 80-09-1), bisphenol F (BPF, CAS 620-92-8), bisphenol AP (BPAP, CAS 1571-75-1), bisphenol AF (BPAF, CAS 1478-61-1), bisphenol B (BPB, CAS 77-40-7), and bisphenol Z (BPZ, CAS 843-55-0).

The bill was initiated after the publication of a study on BPA substitutes showing estrogenic effects of all six bisphenols in breast cancer cells (FPF reported). Michael Antoniou, senior author of the study, commented on the bill: “We’re delighted that the implications of our findings showing potent estrogenic effects from BPA alternatives [are] leading to legislative change to better protect at least children from these chemicals.” In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlighted “the need for testing of replacement chemicals prior to their introduction into commerce to demonstrate that they are safer than the chemical being replaced.”

The change is scheduled to become effective on December 31, 2019. The legislative process can be tracked here.

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Brian Bienkowski (July 24, 2018). “New York State looks to expand BPA ban to substitution chemicals.Environmental Health News