Bisphenol A (BPA) – a potentially harmful chemical added to polycarbonate plastic, is to be banned from use in baby bottles throughout the EU from next year.
Already banned in Canada and some US states, BPA has been linked to breast cancer, heart disease, obesity, hyperactivity and other disorders. The fact that baby bottles containing the controversial chemical were available for sale in the UK was highlighted by Which? in April 2010 and October 2010.
Mothercare and Boots have been phasing out the use of polycarbonate bottles containing BPA throughout 2010, replacing them with polypropylene ones, which are BPA-free. Both companies now only stock BPA-free baby bottles.
EU-wide ban from June 2011
From June 2011, all baby bottles for sale in the EU marketplace will have to be BPA-free.
The announcement follows months of discussion between the European Commission, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), member states and industry.
Which? chief policy adviser Sue Davies said: ‘We are pleased that the EU has taken this step given the uncertainties around the safety of BPA and would also like its use in other food packaging, particularly for baby products, to be looked at as well.
‘It’s important that the safety of any materials that are used instead is also understood to ensure that one risk is not replaced with another.’
Self warming bottle
Which? has not recently tested any baby bottles, but we’ve first looked the Yoomi self-warming bottle, which is BPA-free and heats up in 60 seconds. This could be useful if you’re out and about at feeding time. Read the first look review to find out more.
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