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Wash. House passes bill to ban BPA in baby bottles

OLYMPIA — The Washington state House has approved a bill that would ban the chemical bisphenol A from baby bottles and other food and drink containers.

It passed on a 95-1 vote Monday and now heads to the state Senate.

The measure would ban food and drink containers made with BPA, if they’re intended for children younger than 3. Sports water bottles made with the chemical also would be banned. If it’s approved by the Senate and Gov. Chris Gregoire, the ban would go into effect July 1.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said research shows cause for concern over the chemical’s potential effect on children.

Connecticut and Minnesota passed similar laws last year.

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