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Consumer Reports publisher Consumers Union, which has sought a national ban on BPA in food containers, praised Chicago's decision.
"Nationwide consumers will remain at risk until federal action is taken. We are hopeful that the new leadership at FDA will act swiftly to address this important public health concern," said the group's Urvashi Rangan.
The American Chemistry Council, an industry group, issued a statement saying Chicago's ban is unwarranted.
"The new Chicago law is contrary to the global consensus on the safety of BPA and ignores the expert evaluations of scientists and government bodies from around the world," the council said.
Chicago's ordinance requires retailers to post notices declaring that products they sell do not contain BPA. Violators could be fined up to $100 or more per offense and could lose their licenses.
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