Toronto- Environmental Defence today applauded Wal-Mart Canada, Canadian Tire, The Forzani Group Ltd., and Hudson’s Bay Company for choosing to stop selling products, such as plastic baby bottles and reusable water bottles, that contain the harmful chemical bisphenol A.
“This move will help consumers make the right choice when they shop for their families,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence. “We congratulate Wal-Mart  Canada, Canadian Tire, the Forzani Group and Hudson’s Bay for taking the health of Canadians seriously and showing leadership as responsible Canadian companies.”

Wal-Mart Canada has announced that they will immediately stop the sale of select baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, food containers and water bottles containing bisphenol A. Stores will remove products from their shelves, and a do-not-sell order will restrict cash registers nationwide from transactions of these products. The company has worked in recent months to provide its customers with a wider range of bisphenol A-free choices.

The Forzani Group Ltd. announced it is immediately removing all bisphenol A water bottles and replacing them with bisphenol A-free alternatives.  The Forzani decision affects stores like Sport Chek, Coast Mountain Sports, Sport Mart, Athletes World, and others.

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited said plastic water bottles and food storage containers that are known to contain bisphenol A will be removed from store shelves at all Canadian Tire, Mark’s Work Wearhouse and PartSource stores.

The Hudson’s Bay Company has also confirmed it is immediately removing all baby products that contain bisphenol A.

Bisphenol A is used in hard, clear plastic reusable drinking bottles, baby bottles, and the lining of some food cans. International organizations, scientific panels and some 150 peer-reviewed studies have pointed to the potential health effects of exposure to bisphenol A. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected bisphenol A in 93% of Americans tested in 2007 and a report released this week by the U.S. National Toxicology Program raised more concern regarding current exposure levels and links to breast and prostate cancer, and other health effects.

The government of Canada is currently reviewing the safety of bisphenol A as part of the Chemicals Management Plan.  While the government’s assessment and conclusions have not yet been made public, the retailers are erring on the side of caution in the interests of public health and environmental safety.

“We are seeing a tide of change,” said Smith. “When only a year ago bisphenol A was a nameless toxin found in consumer products, today it is finally getting the attention it deserves as a dangerous chemical.”

As part of its national Toxic Nation campaign, Environmental Defence has tested Canadians and politicians for toxic chemicals in their bodies. Everyone tested for bisphenol A had measurable levels in their blood. Full test results are available online at www.toxicnation.ca.
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