The Chinese government announced yesterday that bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles will be banned. Starting June 1, 2011, it will be illegal to manufacture bottles with bisphenol A and starting on September 1, it will be illegal to import or sell them. According to GreenBiz, Malaysia has also announced a ban on BPA in baby bottles starting in March 2012.
The Chinese and Malaysian bans follow similar bans of BPA in the European Union and Canada in previous years. Canada is the first country to have declared BPA a toxic substance. Although the Government of Canada does not believe current dietary exposure to BPA via food packaging poses a risk to most Canadians, there is sufficient uncertainty stemming from some animal studies to warrant limiting the exposure of infants (especially those who are fed primarily pre-packaged formula) to BPA.
The United States still does not have a nationwide ban of BPA, despite a major BPA investigation conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency. Eight states, however, have banned BPA in some form and twelve more states (California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, South Dakota, Kentucky, Maine, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee and North Dakota) are currently considering bills on this issue.
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