Canada has announced a ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles. This ban will be effective from 2009. This is the first time regulation of the compound anywhere in the world.
Bisphenol is a high production-volume chemical used to manufacture polycarbonate plastic and epoxy-based resins, have been on the market for more than 50 years. BPA is found in numerous consumer products, from compact discs to bicycle helmets to automotive parts. But it's the food, beverage, and dental applications of BPA that have some researchers and activist groups riled up because those uses are thought to be the primary routes of human exposure. Almost all food and beverage cans are lined with epoxy resins made with BPA; dental sealants painted on children's teeth contain BPA; and many reusable plastic water bottles and food containers, including baby bottles, are made from BPA-containing polycarbonate plastic. More than 2 billion lb of BPA is used annually in the U.S.