June 24, 2010
France Bans Baby Bottles Containing Bisphenol A
On Wednesday, French lawmakers passed legislation that will ban baby bottles containing the chemical Bisphenol A from being developed.
However, the deputies stopped short of banning the chemical from all plastics.
BPA is suspected of harming human development. It is used in the production of polycarbonated plastics and epoxy resins found in baby bottles, plastic containers, the lining of cans used for food and beverages, and in dental sealants.
BPA can leach from plastics, causing serious health problems such as breast cancer, obesity and the early onset of puberty.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority have both said that the chemical is safe in the amounts used in products like baby bottles.