November 18, 2018

State Representative Phil Miller Working to Keep Toxins Away from Kids and Food

State Representative Phil Miller (D-Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam), Vice Chair of the state legislature’s Environment Committee

State Representative Phil Miller (D-Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam), Vice Chair of the state legislature’s Environment Committee, has announced that the Committee recently passed two bills that would limit the use of known toxins in the State of Connecticut.

The Environmental Committee approved a bill, (HB 5218 ), that would ban any product containing “Tris,” which is a common flame retardant that is being marketed in Connecticut for the use by children, three years or younger, according to Miller. Tris was once widely used in children’s pajamas, until in 1977 when it was outlawed from this use because of adverse health effects.

“Tris has been found in almost 80% of baby and children’s products, including changing table pads, mattresses, baby carriers, and high chairs,” Miller said. “We have a responsibility to protect the state’s kids and limit their exposure to harmful products,” he added.

The Environmental Committee has also recently approved legislation, (HB 5116), that would require the labeling of food packaging that contains bisphenol-A (BPA). Studies have linked BPA to reproductive problems, learning disabilities, and cancer, Miller noted. Connecticut already bans the use of BPA in reusable food and beverage containers, and containers for infant formula and baby food.

“Although many manufacturers are behaving responsibly and removing BPA from their products, Connecticut consumers deserve to know if BPA could be seeping into their food,” Miller said.

He added, “Children are particularly vulnerable to BPA, since exposure is greater pound for pound than with adults, and systems to metabolize BPA have not been fully developed.”

Both bills are now headed to the full House and Senate for their consideration.

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