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Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is used to harden plastics like Nalgene bottles and in the linings of food and beverage cans. It has been linked to developmental and reproductive defects and other health effects.

In 2010, Act 112, 18 V.S.A. ยง 1512, was enacted to ban BPA from certain consumer products.

Specifically, no person may manufacture, sell, or distribute in commerce in Vermont (1) as of July 1, 2012, any reusable food or beverage container containing BPA; (2) as of July 1, 2012, any infant formula or baby food stored in a plastic container or jar that contains BPA; and (3) as of July 1, 2014, any infant formula or baby food stored in a can that contains BPA.

Manufacturers must use the least toxic alternative when replacing BPA, and they may not replace BPA with a chemical classified by the EPA as a known or likely or suggestive of being a carcinogen, or as causing birth defects or reproductive or developmental harm.

Enforcement

The Attorney General and private parties have the same enforcement authority with respect to BPA as granted under the Consumer Fraud Act.

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