Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Children's Health

Font Size

Canada Banning Bisphenol A Baby Bottles

Canada Is First Country to Ban Baby Bottles With the Plastic Chemical BPA
By
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Oct. 21, 2008 -- It's official: Canada is banning baby bottles containing bisphenol A, a plastic chemical found in some polycarbonate bottles and the lining of canned goods.

The Canadian government says it will immediately start drafting regulations banning the importation, sale, and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (also called BPA). That makes Canada the first country to order a ban on bisphenol A baby bottles.

In the U.S., the FDA is in the process of reviewing bisphenol A's safety. So far, the FDA isn't backing any bisphenol A bans and sees no risk from typical levels of exposure among consumers. But scientists at another government agency, the National Toxicology Program, aren't so sure that bisphenol A is harmless, based on lab tests on animals.

An FDA advisory committee takes the topic up again on Oct. 31.

Canada's BPA Ban

Canadian health officials proposed banning bisphenol A baby bottles earlier this year as a precaution, though Canadian scientists found no scientific proof of risk and no sign that children are exposed to dangerous levels of bisphenol A.

A news release from Health Canada, the Canadian health department, cites "uncertainty raised in some studies" about the effects of low-level exposure to bisphenol A as the reason for the ban.

Canada isn't banning bisphenol A in other products, and Health Canada states that "the general public need not be concerned." Canada will also work to limit the amount of bisphenol A released into the environment.

The American Chemistry Council, a plastics industry group based in Washington, D.C., issued a statement responding to Canada's bisphenol A baby bottle ban.

The council stresses both the safety of bisphenol A and Canada's lack of finding proven risks to human health, even at low levels of exposure to bisphenol A.

The council's Steven Hentges, PhD, says bisphenol A is used in safety products such as bicycle helmets and in canned food linings, which help "to protect the safety and integrity of our food supply."

Today on WebMD

child with red rash on cheeks
What’s that rash?
plate of fruit and veggies
How healthy is your child’s diet?
 
smiling baby
Treating diarrhea, fever and more.
Middle school band practice
Understanding your child’s changing body.
 

worried kid
fitArticle
boy on father's shoulder
Article
 
Child with red rash on cheeks
Slideshow
girl thinking
Article
 

babyapp
New
Child with adhd
Slideshow
 
rl with friends
fitSlideshow
Syringes and graph illustration
Tool