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BPA Ban in Canada

BPA Under Fire in Canada

Thought you had your fill of Bisphenol A (BPA) news this month? Well, there's more.

While the Food and Drug Administration tries to justify reasons to keep BPA bottles on the shelves of American stores, the Canadian government is restricting the use of the controversial plastics. Our friends up North are planning to ban baby bottles manufactured with plastic that contains BPA.

To see what is being done on the home front,

In America, there is an internal debate going on between the United States National Toxicology Program and the American Chemical Council. According to an article in the New York Times:

The United States National Toxicology Program [...] raised concerns about the potential “neural and behavioral” effects of BPA on all humans, but especially on fetuses, infants and young children.

The American Chemical Council, which represents about 85 percent of the chemical industry, insists that products made with the widely used plastic have been proved safe, including for young children. The Food and Drug Administration currently agrees.

Fortunately, we don't have to sit around and wait for our government to fight the battle for us. Oddly enough, distributors who could profit from the hard plastic products are the ones pulling them from stock.

In the meantime, let's hope that Uncle Sam can find the truth and pass it on to the consumers. I'm playing it safe with BPA free products and using my old Nalgene bottle for a lantern.

Do you think we should have legislation banning the use of #7 plastics in the United States?

Join The Conversation
asdaffodil asdaffodil 9 years
Does anyone know of a BPA free bottle that will fit the NUK orthodontic nipples? My little one does very well with them. We tried the MAM by Sassy bottles and he had a very hard time with the nipple and became very gassy and upset. I would like to switch to a BPA free bottle.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
oh, should have spell checked--their, arguments--sorry!
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Designrchic--thanks for the link, very useful. The news from Canada is good for us. I have seen a few talking heads try to defend the use of BPa. One of thier primary argumnets is "canada hasn't banned it." FDA enforcement is completely random--or unduly influenced by big money companies.
macneil macneil 9 years
Feel so bad about using bpa ones for a full 18 months, and in the beginning pouring boiling water into them and leaving it to cool, ALL THE TIME.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I don't trust the FDA... but I will still use my nalgene until I get to whole foods to buy a clean cantene next month. :(
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I hate the FDA with every ounce of my being. They're not protecting anyone, they're doing just the opposite.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Why does Canada always do things that matter for the health of their people, but the US never does? I just found out that in Canada they made it illegal to administer use hormones on cows (milk), but in the US it's still OK. So frustrating! :rant:
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I need one that works exactly like Avent and is as affordable. Of course, by the time they launch their new line, I won't need it since I only need it for June. I weighed the benefits of struggling with another bottle and her not eating against using Avent, and chose to use Avent for one month.
bluecat1972 bluecat1972 9 years
We just replaced all our Advent bottles with Born Free ones...wish I had switched a long time ago. My daughter loves the new bottles, she almost never spits up anymore. As an added bonus these don't leak like the Avent ones did.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Comments with links are automatically flagged until the link is verified. :) I wish they'd make BPA-free bottles more affordable. And ones that my kids would actually take.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I posted a link to a website that has a BPA Free list of baby products, but my comment got flagged :( Hopefully it will show up because it's a great resource.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years There's a Cheat sheet on the left navigation bar with a PDF you can download of all the BPA free Bottles, Sippy Cups, Pacifiers, etc. It's a great resource!
Dbtabm Dbtabm 9 years
I am BEYOND frustrated with the way the US is dragging their feet on this issue. I stopped using bottles with BPA when my daughter was 2 mos.
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