Maine to Limit BPA in Baby Food, Formula

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Board of Environmental Protection says the toxic chemical bisphenol-A should be banned from baby food, as well as from infant formula.

The board agreed Thursday with Department of Environmental Protection staff recommendations pertaining to infant formula but also went further by applying it to baby food, as well. The board declined to take action on the chemical in toddler food because of ambiguities in the marketing of the food.

The Portland Press Herald says the board's action wasn't final. Another vote is expected on Jan. 24. Then the Maine Legislature must review and authorize the action.

Last June, petitions from Maine voters called on the board to act under Maine's Kid-Safe Products Act to replace BPA in baby and toddler food packaging with safer alternatives.