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Monday, January 5, 2009

Canada to ban baby bottles with bisphenol A

Bisphenol A is being outlawed in baby bottles in Canada. Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make shatterproof plastic frequently used in baby bottles. Also, Canada is looking to limit the amount of BPA being released in the environment.

Why is BPA being banned in Canada? Health Canada scientists (Canadian version of the FDA) have concluded that BPA exposure to infants is below levels that may cause a risk, but the gap between exposure and effect wasn't great enough. Consequently, the Canadian government is looking to reduce the exposure of BPA in newborns and infants.

The FDA immediately began assessing the BPA research after Canada announced its ban on BPA in baby bottles. The FDA has concluded that products containing BPA are safe and exposure levels from food packaging are below those that may cause health effects.

What do you think? Do you agree with Health Canada and err on the side of caution? Or, do you agree with the FDA that there is nothing to worry about? If you use bottles made with BPA to package your ag product, are you concerned about possible regulations on your packaging? If you are a producer looking at packaging for your product, does the Canadian ban affect your packaging decision?

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