WASHINGTON - The federal government announced Tuesday that baby bottles and sippy cups can no longer contain the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA. The move came after the U.S. chemical industry's chief association determined that all manufacturers of bottles and sippy cups had already abandoned the chemical due to safety concerns. The American Chemistry Council had asked the Food and Drug Administration to phase out rules allowing BPA in those products in October.
"Consumers can be confident that these products do not contain BPA," FDA spokesman Allen Curtis said in a statement, adding that the agency's action was based on the bottle industry's phase out of the chemical. Nonetheless, Curtis noted that "the agency continues to support the safety of BPA for use in products that hold food."