In Oregon consumer protection law news, although the 2011 bill banning certain products containing bisphenol A (BPA) failed in the Oregon Legislature, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen (along with Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman) wants to try his luck with a county-wide ban of some products containing BPA.
According to the bill’s summary, Senate Bill 695 would have created an “unlawful practice of manufacturing, distributing, selling or offering for sale child’s beverage container or reusable bottle made or lined with bisphenol A or replacement material that is carcinogenic or is reproductive toxicant…Requires Oregon Health Authority to approve and obtain for Women, Infants and Children Program infant formula contained only in containers that do not leach into formula certain amounts of bisphenol A or are not made with replacement material that is carcinogenic or is reproductive toxicant.” The bill would also have created the Oregon BPA-Free Advisory Group. SB 695 passed the Senate but died in the House Energy, Environment and Water committee.
For more information on the possible BPA ban in Multnomah County see Steve Law’s August 25, 2011 story “A BPA-free county?” in the Portland Tribune and Beth Slovic’s August 12, 2011 story “Jeff Cogen and Dan Saltzman consider Multnomah County ban on BPA: Portland City Hall roundup” in the Oregonian. More information on BPA and its possible health risks can be found at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website and at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website.