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After EU, Malaysia and South Africa, now China will ban BPA in baby products

The production and import of infant food containers containing bisphenol A (BPA), including baby feeding bottles, will be banned from 1st June, 2011 and that sales of such products will be banned from 1 September, announced China's Ministry of Health on 20 April, 2011.

The ministry says that while risk assessment of dietary exposure levels of BPA have demonstrated that the substance does not pose a health hazard, Canada, the EU and some US states have felt it necessary to introduce restrictions. China's production and imports ban will take effect on the same date as the ban on polycarbonate baby bottles in the EU (1st June, 2011).

The year 2011 has seen recent developments on restricting BPA in other countries outside Europe and North America, such as Malaysia and South Africa. Please read the following recent news articles for more information:

  • South Africa proposes ban on baby bottles containing BPA
    South Africa's health ministry has issued draft regulations that propose a ban on the manufacture, sale, import and export of polycarbonate baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA). The draft regulations were published in Government Gazette 33066, notice R249 on 25 March and the consultation deadline is 30 June. The final regulations would come into force six months after their publication.

  • Malaysia to ban baby bottles containing BPA

    On 2 March Malaysia's Cabinet agreed with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to ban the sale of polycarbonate baby bottles containing bisphenol A (BPA) from 1 March 2012. The MoH said the decision was taken as a precautionary measure because to date "there is no scientific evidence to show that polycarbonate bottles containing BPA are safe for use by high-risk groups, particularly infants and children".

  • Bisphenol A: EU ban on use in baby bottles enters into force next week

    A ban prohibiting the manufacture in the European Union of baby bottles containing Bisphenol A (BPA) substance enters into force next week, on March 1. BPA is widely used in the production of plastic baby bottles. The ban is foreseen in an EU directive (2011/8/EU) adopted in late January which also cover, on June 1, the placing on the market and import into the EU of baby bottles containing BPA. Meanwhile, the industry is voluntarily withdrawing from the market baby bottles containing BPA and replacing them with safer products. This voluntary action is expected to be completed by mid 2011. Member States now have to communicate to the Commission the national legal measures they take to comply with the provisions of the directive.

 

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