BPA war in Britain

The issue on bisphenol-A is definitely worldwide as in the case in the UK where the group Breast Cancer UK recently launched their “No More BPA” campaign today calling the British goverment for a BPA ban.

In their campaign, the group cited a recent survey of 2,101 adults where 61% agreed on a government BPA ban.

“Already voluntarily withdrawn from shelves in Canada and the USA, polycarbonate baby bottles made with BPA are still available in the UK, despite our view being that clear and compelling scientific evidence in lab experiments have linked even low level exposure to increased risk of breast cancer and other chronic conditions.” – Breast Cancer UK

The British Plastics Federation (BPF), meanwhile, also released today their statement reassuring the public on the safety of BPA. According to BPF, the campaign by Breast Cancer UK is misleading and based upon a selective use of evidence.

“The survey is not a good basis for assessing public feeling on BPA as it features leading questions and a preamble that presupposes risks associated with BPA.” – BPF

BPF noted that the UK Food Standards Agency – the equivalent of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – maintained their position on the safety of BPA in food contact materials.

Speaking of the FDA, various US health activists groups were disappointed yesterday when there was no official ruling about BPA despite the FDA’s previous announcement that it will make a decision by November 30 concerning the chemical’s safety when being used in polycarbonate baby bottles and in food packaging (such as in metal can lining).

In an ICIS News* report, FDA Agency spokesman Michael Herndon said that an announcement will come soon but he did not give a reason for the delay.

The pressure is on for the FDA to make a decision as more and more research studies came out this year accusing BPA’s content in food packaging and baby bottles enough to be a health risk.

*ICIS News is subscription only.

One Response to BPA war in Britain

  1. Mindful Mum 1 December, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Hi there, I think one of the issues is the theory used by the Food Standards Agency in the UK. They provide guidelines stating that you must wait 30 minutes before putting boiling water in a plastic baby bottle. This is fine in theory, but the reality is that many parents put boiling water straight into the plastic polycarbonate bottle. I’ve read studies that say boiling water can make BPA leach out 55 times faster than normal temperatures. Surely the FSA in the UK should take into account the behaviour of parents so as to reduce the exposure of BPA to babies.

    The Mindful Mum sites, discusses the campaign in more detail here – http://www.mindfulmum.co.uk/2009/12/campaign-for-removal-of-bpa-from-british-baby-bottles/

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