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  • NJ A1437
  • Prohibits sale of food and beverage packaging and containers made with bisphenol A.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would prohibit any food or beverages in a package or container and any food or beverage storage container made with or composed of bisphenol A (BPA) to be sold, offered for sale, or distributed for sale in the State on or after January 1, 2010. A person who violates the provisions of this bill would be subject to a penalty of not less than $250 nor more than $500 for each offense, and each day during which it continues would constitute an additional, separate, and distinct offense. A retailer would be able to apply to the Department of Health and Senior Services for a waiver, based on economic hardship, to allow for the sale of existing stock only for a period of up to six months beyond January 1, 2010. BPA is a main ingredient in hard polycarbonate plastics used in many food and drink packaging applications and has been shown to have hormone disrupting effects. BPA is an estrogen-mimicking endocrine disruptor chemical used in the production of epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics, and the resins are commonly used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans and bottles and in many other commodities, including products used by young children. High levels of BPA and other chemical phthalates can have adverse effects on people, and there is substantial evidence that virtually everyone carries some level of phthalates in their body. Reusable plastic storage containers, such as baby bottles or other polycarbonate plastic thermoses, can leach BPA, and each time they are washed and reused, they are at risk of becoming scratched, leading them to degrade and leach more chemicals. In 2007, a panel of scientists studying the effects of BPA at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found their greatest concern about the hazards of exposure to BPA was the possible neural and behavioral effects caused by BPA exposure in utero. They also expressed some concern that the chemical could cause problems in developing fetuses and young children.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee
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