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."