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Markey’s bill would ban BPA from bottles.

Boston Globe

Michael J. Bailey

January 25, 2011

Representative Edward Markey’s BPA-bottle battle begins anew.

The Malden Democrat today introduced a bill that would prohibit use of BPA — bisphenol-A — in food and drink containers. The chemical, which is used to harden plastics, has been at the center of a contentious scientific debate on whether its overuse threatens the health of Americans, particularly children.

Studies in laboratory animals suggest the chemical might increase the risk of developmental problems in some fetuses and young children; other researchers say the evidence is too scant to draw assumptions.

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