Local Mothers Want The Parts Of A Magazine Article They Can Remember Put Into The Constitution

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AUGUSTA — More than a dozen mothers turned in signatures Thursday to try to compel the state Board of Environmental Protection to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby and toddler food packaging. “No child should be exposed to the hormone havoc of BPA at the dinner table,” said Annie Colaluca, a mother of three from Waterville. The chemical, known commonly by the acronym BPA, is a common additive used in some hardened plastics. Maine has already banned it from baby bottles, sippy cups and other reusable food and beverage containers. The groups are hoping the state will now extend that ban to cans and jars that hold baby and toddler foods. The Alliance for a Clean and Health [sic] Maine, an umbrella organization for groups such as the Environmental Health Strategy Center and Natural Resources Council of Maine, organized the effort to gather more than 800 signatures as part of a citizen petition process. The state requires at least 150 valid signatures to be turned in before it will begin consideration of a new state rule. The groups want the state to require that BPA be phased out of foods marketed to children under 3, including infant formula, baby foods and toddler foods. They point to studies that indicate that BPA is a hormone disrupter that is linked to cancer, obesity, learning disabilities, male infertility and early puberty in girls. (read more at Kennebec Journal, if your hormones are too disrupted)