Bisphenol A (BPA) – a potentially harmful chemical added to polycarbonate plastic – has been banned from use in baby bottles throughout the EU from 1 June 2011.
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 phased out the use of polycarbonate bottles containing BPA during 2010, replacing them with polypropylene ones, which are BPA-free. Both companies now only stock BPA-free baby bottles.
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EU-wide ban from June 2011
From June 2011, all baby bottles for sale in the EU marketplace must be BPA-free.
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.’
Which? has not recently tested any baby bottles, but we’ve tried out 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 our First Look review of the Yoomi self-warming bottle to find out more.