It remains a mystery as to why all nations still don’t implement a ban on BPA, even after it has had serious implications on children’s health. However, in what could be seen as a welcome sign, China and Malaysia have come forward in ruling out BPA from baby products.
China’s Ministry of Health has officially declared its plans to ban BPA-contained baby bottles and other food and drink items for children. However, it is to be noted that China hasn’t set a start date for ban. Still it’s a welcome step from the highest populated country in the world. Meanwhile, Malaysia has prohibited BPA in baby bottles starting next March. As you already know, Canada was the first country to declare BPA as toxic, and has been followed up by the European Union and now China, and Malaysia.
A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had raised concerns regarding exposure of BPA to foetuses, infants and young children. But the US Congress has not yet acted on BPA, though some state and local governments have urged prohibition.
A ban was proposed as an amendment to the Food Safety Bill passed last year. It may also be noted that a Senate deal to ban BPA faced hard opposition from certain quarters.
In the meantime, Washington Post has conducted more than 200 studies that have connected BPA to a range of health concerns, including cancer and developmental and reproductive problems. Let’s hope a ban comes into effect worldwide soon.