“Europe on Thursday banned baby bottles containing the chemical Bisphenol-A as of early next year over fears it may harm the health of children throughout the EU's half a billion population,” says Yahoo! News.
This is fantastic news for those of us who have lobbied against and 'preached' against BPA for a long time now. I wrote about BPA back in July, asking what else we have previously believed to be safe isn't, and then I was overjoyed last month when CCN reported on everyday chemicals that may be harming our children.
In September, the European Food Safety Administration reiterated their position, stating that “the data currently available do not provide convincing evidence of neurobehavioural toxicity of BPA.”
It is rather concerning that the FSA can't find the evidence it needs when organisations and governments everywhere else are taking aggressive action to remove BPA from baby and toddler equipment, but either way, I am really glad it's happened.
In October, Canada became the first country in the world to classify Bisphenol-A as a toxic substance, despite industry opposition. Australia has enacted a similar ban.
“Before the current announcement, France and Denmark were the only EU countries that had unilaterally imposed bans on baby bottles with the controversial substance. Danish authorities went a step further by extending the prohibition to all food products for children up to three years old” (AFP)”
In England it's hard to find baby bottles, toys and equipment that's not BPA free any more, which is a great thing too.
With the side effects of BPA including, but not limited to breast cancer, diabetes, various cancers, hyperactivity, miscarriage, low sperm counts and impaired female reproductive development, various syndromes and deformities and early onset of puberty, is it not worth considering that maybe the 'industry' might not want a mass of lawsuits for the 'mistakes' of the past.
Look, I guess there's a chance we're all wrong, maybe it's perfectly harmless, but if it's not, isn't it better that we find alternatives? Things that are more sustainable, have less potential side effects and are just as good, if not better, even if it costs us as the consumer a little more?