Canada to limit bisphenol A in baby bottles

Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:02pm EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian government will move to limit sales of baby bottles made with the chemical bisphenol A, a suspected carcinogen widely used for hardening and shatterproofing plastic and lining food tins.

The announcement, published in the government's official newspaper the Canada Gazette on Saturday, comes amid mounting evidence it can leach into food and beverages.

The substance has been linked to cancer and infertility in laboratory animals and has also been tied to incidents of heart disease and diabetes in humans.

"It is concluded that bisphenol A be considered as a toxic substance that may be entering the environment in quantity or concentration or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health," the Canadian environment and health ministries said.

The government is proposing to allow the lowest amount of bisphenol A as "reasonably achievable in infant formula cans."

The announcement commits the government to working with industry to limit bisphenol A in the linings of infant formula tins but does not propose to eliminate it in the many other consumer products.

Health worries about the chemical have led many companies that use it to seek alternatives.

(Reporting by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Bill Trott)