18 October 2011 23:16 [Source: ICIS news]
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (ICIS)--A Brazilian health regulator suspended the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles, it confirmed on Tuesday.
The agency, the Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria (Anvisa), pointed to recent studies, which showed evidence that BPA posed a risk to human health.
Even though there was no conclusive evidence of risks, Anvisa still prohibited BPA from baby bottles.
Companies will have 90 days to comply with the decision, starting on 19 September, when it was published in Brazil's Diario Oficial da Uniao.
During the past 12 months, the industry has been using material other than BPA to make baby bottles, said Miguel Bahiense, president of the Plastic Environmental Institute (Plastivida)
"Only the polycarbonate [PC] has BPA on its composition. In fact, any other kind of plastic doesn't contain BPA. Today, Brazilian-made baby bottles are fabricated with polypropylene [PP] plastic, which is free from BPA", he said.
Consumers may misinterpret Anfiva's decision, causing confusion, Bahiense said.
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