September 16: The failure of bill in California that would have banned the use of certain types of packaging using bisphenol A (BPA) in the state has been welcomed by the North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA), which represents the interests of the canmaking industry.

The bill, SB797, would have outlawed use of BPA in the state from 2011 onwards in drink and food containers aimed at children. BPA is used in polycarbonate bottles and the epoxy phenolic coatings of some cans.

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