BPA Use in Manufacturing Baby Bottles Banned by EU

By on Nov 26, 2010 in Current Events, Europe, Science, World Comments
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The European Commission (EU) has banned the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles starting in 2011, according to international news sites. The proposal of EU was approved by a committee of national government experts on Thursday, November 25, 2010.

The EU cited in its proposal the fears that the BPA chemical compound could affect the development, immune response and tumour promotion on young children.

In 2009, six United States (US) manufacturers has already stopped the use of BPA from bottles they sold in the US amid concerns on the harmful effects of the compound. However, other manufacturers continued the use of BPA to produce hard, clear plastic that is commonly found in food and drink containers, including baby milk bottles.

The EU ban on BPA will outlaw the production of polycarbonate feeding bottles that contains the compound starting March 2011. The ban will also include the import and sale of BPA from June 2011.

Canada was the first country that declared the danger brought about by BPA in October.

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