Tuesday, March 24, 2009

US to Ban BPA in Food and Drink Containers

Just days after Sunoco announced that they will no longer supply the chemical BPA for use in production of food and drink containers for children, the US is considering banning the use of the compound in all food and drink containers!

Bisphenol A, or BPA for short, has been something of a heated issue in recent times, due to it's potentially harmful health effects. BPA has been shown to cause neurological and developmental damage in studies involving laboratory animals, including genital defects, behavioral changes and abnormal development of mammary glands. In human studies, BPA has been linked to heart disease,diabetes and potential reproductive problems.

The concern over BPA in plastic container stems from the compound's potential to leach out of the plastic into the foods or beverages stored in the containers. Recently, six major baby bottle manufacturers stated that they would no longer use BPA in the production of their baby bottles.

According to the Government of Canada, most Canadians are generally exposed to very low levels of Bisphenol A, and therefore, it does not pose much of a health risk. Newborn babies and young children, on the other hand, are at risk because of their size and the fact that they are rapidly growing and developing. We Canadians can be proud to say that we have been BPA-free in our baby bottles for nearly a year now.