Canada To Decide To Ban BPA In Baby Bottles
Canada will not to take any risks and will decide to ban baby bottles that are made from rigit plastics and Bisphenol A. This will make Canada the first country in the world to adopt a regulation against Bisphenol A in the manufacturing of baby plastic bottles. France may also move toward this direction. The Secretary of State for Ecology Chantal Jouanno announced at the National Assembly on 14 June that she asked the French Agency for Food Safety (AFSSA) to take the expertise on the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA).
Drinking from polycarbonate bottles has increased by two thirds the rate of bisphenol A (BPA) in urine. This is the result of a survey conducted in April 2008 by a team of researchers from the School of Public Health HPSP, Harvard School of Public Health, and Education Centers and Prevention American Health (CDC). The study confirms the ability of organic compounds to migrate from the PC to the human body. The study concludes that in case of heat, such as baby bottles, these levels increase significantly.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded in 2008 that the toxicological data available showed that current exposure levels, bisphenol A showed no health risk. But in Canada, the preliminary report published in April 2008 by the Existing Substances Assessment Program concludes that as a precautionary measure bisphenol A should be regarded as likely to constitute a health hazard for pregnant women, fetuses or infants. Since several states in the U.S. have banned the use of BPA in the production of bottles and 5 major manufacturers have removed without waiting for their production. Now FDA has announced that, at the request of legislators, it will reconsider its 2008 conclusion that food contact articles that contain bisphenol-A are safe.
BPA is used in the production of polycarbonate, a clear hard plastic used to make many products, including baby bottles. When in contact with hot or boiling liquid, bisphenol A can migrate from the plastic into the liquid and easily be ingested. Canadian move to ban Biphenol A in plastic bottles will reduce newborn and infant exposure to this substance. The proposed regulations will prohibit the advertisement, sale and importation of polycarbonate plastic baby bottles that contain bisphenol A.
Written by Armen Hareyan