Baby bottles containing a controversial ‘gender bending’ chemical are to be barred in Canada, the first country to introduce such a ban.
In a move that will put pressure on Britain to follow suit, health officials have officially classified bisphenol A (BPA) – an everyday chemical added to plastics and food packaging – as toxic.
BPA mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen and has been linked to birth defects in boys, heart disease in adults, and lower sperm counts and breast cancer in animals.
The chemical is an ingredient of polycarbonate plastic – a lightweight, shatterproof version used for CD cases, drinks bottles, spectacle lenses and food containers.
It also crops up in the resins used to line food cans, and make glues, paints and dental sealants.
Studies have shown that BPA can leach from plastic bottles into their liquid contents.
The [Canadian] government plans to restrict the import, sale and advertising of bottles made with BPA.
It is also proposing ‘to allow the lowest amount of BPA as reasonably achievable in infant formula cans’ and all foods in general.
The chemical industry said polycarbonate bottles contain little BPA and leach traces of the chemical at levels too low to harm people.
EU scientists also say the chemical is safe. BPA is found in the bodies of nine out of ten people.
Comment from Daily Mails website:
“The rubbish the government allow manufacturers to put in our food and all around us, you think they were trying to kill us off!”
– mother of one, Holt Heath, 20/10/2008 09:23