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Regulators discuss BPA proposal

6:37 PM, Dec 6, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Discussions on a proposed rule that would phase out the use of the chemical bisphenol-A or BPA in baby and toddler food packaging got underway THursday in Augusta.

Members of the Board of Environmental Protection discussed the legal framework for adopting the proposed rule, which is the first step in their deliberations on the proposal.

It asks the board to phase out the use of BPA in the packaging of foods marketed to children and replace it with safer alternative materials. That includes infant formula, baby foods, toddler foods and canned foods that are marketed to pre-schoolers.

The board will meet again on December 20th and hear testimony from Maine CDC officials. It's not known when the board will make a decision on the proposal.

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