evidence is overwhelming that early exposure to BPA can have lifelong impacts on reproduction, learning and behavior,” said Rep. Rebecca Walker, D-Middletown, the bill’s House sponsor. “This is not something where we can wait for the federal government to step up and take action. We know the harm that BPA causes children and we have an obligation to protect them. This is an important step forward.”
Although many big retailers, such as Wal-Mart, Target and Toys-R-Us, are already getting rid of products with BPA, Sarah Bucic of the Delaware Nurses Association said the need for the law is real.
“Over 200 studies have found that Bisphenol A has been linked to a number of different disorders – obesity, diabetes, some types of cancer – and the fact that stores are selecting to take it out of their product because of consumer demand really shows that this is something that should be legislated so that products remaining on the market don’t fall into stores that aren’t able to select to take Bisphenol A out of their products,” said Bucic who added the bill gives stores sufficient lead time to eliminate the products.
Delaware is the 10th state to follow Minnesota’s lead by heeding the FDA’s warnings and eliminating children’s products that use BPA. Hall-Long said the new law is an important protection for children.
“I’m very grateful that my colleagues and Gov. Markell agree that we shouldn’t take unnecessary chances with our children’s health,” Hall-Long said. “There are BPA-free alternatives to these products and I appreciate the willingness of our business community to work with us on this issue and bring them to market.”
People with questions about BPA can reference the Delaware Department of Public Health website at: