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BPA Ban From 2009 to Take Effect October 2011

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Keller and Heckman, LLP, the online resource for packaging law, announced in 2009 that Connecticut will ban certain products starting in October 2011 in an effort to protect its citizens. Connecticut became the first state to place a ban on Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, from all infant formula and baby food containers. While Connecticut is the second to ban BPA, it is the first to ban it specifically from infant formula and baby food containers, and any reusable food or beverage containers.


Included in the Connecticut ban is the understanding that existing inventory can be sold through October 1, 2012, as long as container products were purchased prior to October 1, 2011. The ban, while issued over two years prior, will start affecting people who sell products in the state of Connecticut this October. The ban's long instatement left some wiggle-room for companies who purchase their container products in bulk or who have long-standing contracts with industrial packaging companies.


"Connecticut chose, despite a worldwide consensus among regulatory agencies that BPA can be safely used in food contact products, to adopt restrictions that will significantly limit consumer choice and not improve public health," stated a press release issued by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in response to Connecticut's BPA ban. While many people do not feel that BPA can negatively affect consumers, Connecticut's governing officials believe that banning the organic compound will help the overall health and wellness of the state's citizens.


Connecticut is taking a "no chances" stance on the compound in an effort to protect the state's youth. Depending on your state's policies and bans, you may or may not be allowed to purchase certain container products. For more information on the chemicals and compounds used with container products, contact your industrial packaging comp

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