Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Europe Bans Baby Bottles Made With BPA

Europe has banned baby bottles that contain bisphenol-A, a chemical linked to male infertility, diabetes and cancer.

The manufacture of baby bottles made with bisphenol-A, or BPA, will be banned by European Union member states from March 1 next year, the European Commission said in a statement on its website. Imports of baby bottles containing BPA will be banned from the EU marketplace from June 1, the commission said.

"The decision is good news for European parents who can be sure that as of mid-2011 plastic infant feeding bottles will not include BPA,” John Dalli, the EU Commissioner for health and consumer policy, said in the statement.

Europe’s decision to ban the chemical in baby bottles follows that of Canada, which was the first country in the world to declare BPA a toxic substance in October. BPA, which mimics the female hormone estrogen, is used to harden plastic and make canned food watertight. The chemical is found in many everyday items such as tinned food and soda cans.

The World Health Organization said earlier this month that people were being exposed to BPA mainly through food packaging. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said earlier this year that they will study the potential health effects of BPA.