California took one step closer yesterday towards a ban on BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups for children as the State Senate voted 21-19 in support of the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act. The legislation passed the Assembly earlier this year, but as amendments were made to the bill’s language in the Senate, it must return to the Assembly for final approval before heading to the Governor’s desk.

Consumers Union, a sponsor of the bill, applauds the Senate for approving the measure with hopes that California will become the eleventh state to pass a ban on BPA.   Canada, the European Union and China have also already banned the chemical in baby bottles.

Evidence against the safety of BPA continues to mount. Known to leach from plastic containers into food and beverages, BPA is an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, diabetes, reproductive, neurological and developmental disorders.

A new study released in the journal Birth Defects Research offers further reason for concern, showing BPA exposure in utero to adversely affect the development of male genitalia.  The study was based on exposure of pregnant women to BPA in the workplace.

California’s bill, which would go into effect July 1, 2013, would require manufacturers to replace BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups with the least toxic alternative available.

“We urge the Assembly to quickly finalize this bill so that parents will no longer worry about this hazardous chemical when purchasing these products for their children,” said Elisa Odabashian, West Coast Director of Consumers Union.