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Maine BPA Ban in Children’s Products Takes Effect

October 16, 2013

The State of Maine has approved a ban on bisphenol A (BPA) for children's products, which will designate BPA as a priority chemical requiring reports for certain product categories containing BPA. This also prohibits the sale of certain products with BPA.

Effective March 1, 2014, the final rule is based on a petition by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection to ban BPA in infant formula and baby and toddler food packaging. The rule is applicable to all manufacturers of products marketed to or intended for use by children that contain intentionally-added BPA. The use of BPA will be banned in infant formula and baby food packaging sold in the state.

The requirement to submit a report on the use of BPA in toys, child care articles, and tableware is also included in the final rule.

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