IToronto – The federal government’s proposed addition of polycarbonate baby bottles containing bisphenol A (BPA) to a list of products or substances banned in Canada under the Hazardous Products Act is internationally significant, Environmental Defence said today. Adding BPA-containing baby bottles to the Act would make Canada the first country to ban their use.
“We applaud the federal government for moving forward with this ban,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence.
Canada set an international precedent last October when it announced that a ban would be made. BPA is an estrogen-mimicking hormone associated with prostate and breast cancer, immune system dysfunction, heart disease, diabetes, early puberty in females, higher rates of miscarriage, and various other health problems, often at extremely low levels of exposure. It can be found in polycarbonate plastic containers, plastic food wrap, dental sealants, and the linings of food and beverage cans.
The chemical is known to accumulate in the womb, exposing the fetus to high concentrations, and has been detected in breast milk at levels almost as high as those found in infant formula.
Since Canada’s announcement, other jurisdictions have started taking BPA action. Minnesota, Suffolk County New York, and Chicago have all banned it from use in baby bottles. This year, Connecticut became the first US state to pass legislation that goes beyond Canada’s by prohibiting BPA’s use in infant formula and baby food containers, as well as all reusable food and beverage containers.
“The government of Canada deserves congratulations for being the first country to take BPA action,” said Smith. “We congratulate the government for its leadership and hope that it will extend the ban to all food and beverage containers so that all Canadians, not just babies, are protected from exposure to this toxic substance.”
 
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