I strongly support the new bill, L.D. 1181, which proposes to strengthen the Kid-Safe Products Act, Maine’s innovative law that protects children from toxic chemicals. L.D. 1181 fosters progress on the front of toxic chemical policy. The passing of the Kid-Safe Products Act in 2008 represents a landmark in chemical policy reform. This act is considered a success in protecting children from BPA, a known endocrine disruptor.

However, Maine chemical policy needs to continually improve in order to keep up with the many dangerous chemicals that Maine children are exposed to daily. L.D. 1181 would require major food companies to report their use of priority chemicals, including BPA, by January. This would incentivize the complete removal of BPA and other chemicals from consumer goods.

In addition to targeting BPA, the required reporting of all priority chemicals would help highlight the use of a number of other harmful chemicals found in packaging, such as phthalates. Phthalates are known potent endocrine disruptors commonly found in plastics and personal care products. Phthalates are widely utilized by industry and pose a threat to the safety of Maine’s children.

Please protect children’s health and consumer rights in Maine and urge your senator to support L.D. 1181.

Olivia Avidan

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