European Union Bans BPA Baby Bottles

Parents all over the European Union breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday when it was announced that all plastic infant feeding bottles will be free of bisphenol-A (BPA) by mid-2011.

As of March 1, 2011, it will be illegal for EU companies to manufacture polycarbonate infant feeding bottles with BPA, an estrogen-like chemical. As of June 1, 2011, the placing on the market and the importation into the Union of these bottles will be prohibited.

Some might be surprised by the agressive move, which comes only two months after the European Food Safety Authority scientists issued a press release saying “they could not identify any new evidence which would lead them to revise the current Tolerable Daily Intake for BPA of 0.05 mg/kg body weight set by EFSA in its 2006 opinion and re-confirmed in its 2008 opinion.”

BPA exists in a wide variety of consumer products, including shopping receipts and canned food, and has been the target of increased scrutiny all over the world. A growing number of consumers are concerned about the potential effects of BPA exposure on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland, especially in fetuses, infants, and children.

In 2009, the scientific group the Endocrine Society published a 34-page report stating strong evidence of ill health effects from endocrine disruptors, including harm to the reproductive system, causing malformations, infertility and cancer, reports Care2′s Melissa Breyer.

Despite the major question marks that exist about the negative impacts of this chemical, most goverments have refused to take definitive action to restrict its use.

In October, Canada became the first country in the world to classify Bisphenol-A as a toxic substance, despite industry opposition. Australia has enacted a similar ban.

Before the current announcement, France and Denmark were the only EU countries that had unilaterally imposed bans on baby bottles with the controversial substance. Danish authorities went a step further by extending the prohibition to all food products for children up to three years old (AFP).

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration still refuses to admit that BPA is dangerous to human health, several states have already put their own BPA bans into place.

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[Source: AFP]

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93 comments

W. C
W. C6 months ago

Thanks.

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William C
William C6 months ago

Thank you.

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Masha Samoilova
Past Member 6 years ago

thanks

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Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks.

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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

Again, the U.S. drags its heels on safety. Why are we always behind the other developed nations? Hint: CORPORATION GREED.

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Tori W.
Past Member 6 years ago

who would knowingly risk the exposure to their baby???

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Walter G.
Walter G6 years ago

It is a confirmed carcinogenic cancer risk. What cold be the issue, besides greed?

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April Thompson
April Thompson6 years ago

O.K, now how about the USA banning it too!?

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Rosi Caswell

It is quite simple is it not? If there is any doubt at all around the safety of a given product, then it should of course be withdrawn from the market place. If rigorous testing is undertaken after the product is withdrawn, and it is subsequently proved to be safe, beyond any doubt at all, then it could potentially be re-introduced.
Rosi Caswell Animal Whisperer, Animal/Human Therapist, Metaphysical Counsellor

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Sylvia M.
Sylvia M6 years ago

The refusal of the United States to admit a dangerous product is insulting to all those of us who must live here.

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