Good news for parents in the Golden State: This week, the California State Senate voted to ban the chemical bisphenol A from all baby bottles and sippy cups sold in California. BPA was adopted in the 1950s to make hard plastics, but the chemical has been linked to serious health problems including diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, and heart disease. The new law, sponsored by Environmental Working Group and authored by State Assembly member Betsy Butler (D-Marina Del Ray) and State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), will go into effect July 1, 2013, and it will require manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative substance for those products.

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