Ontario government acts to curb BPA, toxins

20 November 2007 22:17  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Ontario’s provincial government will set up an expert medical and scientific panel to advise on tough new legislation to reduce bisphenol A (BPA) and other toxins, it said on Tuesday.


The planned legislation would also enable a province-wide ban on cosmetic lawn pesticides.


The government would introduce a toxins reduction act – the first of its kind in Canada - early next year, it said in a statement issued in response to a rally by environmentalists who urged a ban on BPA because of its health impacts.


An early priority for the panel would be to provide recommendations on how best to address BPA, widely used in plastic baby bottles and similar consumer products, it added.


Said Rick Smith, executive director of environmental group Environmental Defence, which led Tuesday’s rally: “We are pleased that the government has made a commitment to move forward with a toxic reduction act that will include measures to protect Ontarians from toxins in consumer products.”

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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