On July 24, 2018, New York State issued a bill to ban BPA 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, and is scheduled to become effective on December 31, 2019.
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).
BPA is used to make plastic hard, shatterproof and to extend the shelf life of canned food. It can leach out of products. BPA is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can negatively impact the body’s hormones, even potentially at very low levels. In both animal and human studies, the chemical has been linked to multiple health impacts in exposed babies and children, including obesity, asthma, low birth weights and genital defects. The bill was initiated after the publication of a study on BPA substitutes showing estrogenic effects of all six bisphenols in breast cancer cells.