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East L.A. says no more BPA

Monday, August 24, 2009

1,000 BPA-free baby bottles landed in east Los Angeles last week.

Why?

For a toxic baby bottle swap at the St. John's Well Family & Child Center - thanks to a very generous donation from local company Green to Grow. Parents swapped their own toxic baby bottles for safer BPA and phthalate-free bottles - you can see pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

And that's not all.

We also heard from some impressive speakers who support the CA Toxics-Free Babies and Toddlers Act, a bill that would ban BPA from food and drink containers meant for children. Among them was Dr. Harvey Karp, world-renowned pediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and CA state senator Fran Pavley (pictured, above), who is sponsoring this bill and working hard to see it pass.

Senator Pavley blogged about the bill and her efforts to pass it here, reminding us that this is a David v. Goliath battle for children's health:

The powerful chemical industry has mounted an all out assault against my bill to protect our children. Highly paid lobbyists for popular formula companies are trying to kill SB 797 by telling my colleagues that alternative products aren't available and a ban on BPA would cause a formula shortage. Yet, at the same time these companies are marketing a variety of formula and food containers to parents as "BPA free."

Live in California? Get involved in our campaign to pass SB 797 on our Facebook Cause, and if you're near Sacramento, join us this Wednesday 8/26 for a rally and lobby day at the state capitol.

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