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Senate negotiators are ready to move ahead with a food-safety bill that doesn't include one of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's top priorities.

As a result, the California Democrat says she'll offer an amendment to the bill when the Senate takes up the issue after its summer recess next month.

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Feinstein wants the food-safety bill to ban the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles, sippy cups, baby food and infant formula.

Feinstein says the chemical is toxic but is used in many consumer products, including water bottles and baby bottles, and it is also used to line the inside of metal food and beverage containers.

"I believe that we need legislation to protect consumers, especially babies and toddlers, from harmful chemicals," Feinstein said in a statement. "Because of their smaller size and stage of development, babies and children are particularly at risk from the harmful health effects of BPA."

Feinstein said the food-safety bill was "the logical place for this legislation." She said she had worked hard to reach a compromise, to no avail. As a result, she said, she's ready to push for her amendment.

PHOTO CREDIT: U.S Senator Diane Feinstein,talks to the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce at the Sacramento Convention Center. Brian Baer, Tuesday Aug. 12, 2008.



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