Canada is taking steps to prevent importation, sale and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottled containing bisphenol A (BPA). While BPA is not an issue for adults (even though some studies indicate links to heart disease and other adult health problems), says Health Canada, they are taking action.

“Due to the uncertainty raised in some studies relating to the potential effects of low levels of BPA, the government of Canada is taking action to enhance the protection of infants and young children,” Health Canada released in a statement.

Both Health Canada and Environment Canada are researching into the effects of the chemical, and further limitations on its use may be forthcoming – such limitations may affect bottled water companies.

John Baird, the environment minister, said that banning BPA was the “right thing” to do to “protect the health and environment for all Canadians.”

A further $1.7 million has been allocated over the next three years to fund research projects on BPA. Health Canada says that this extra money, plus major Canadian studies which are currently ongoing, will help address the key knowledge gaps in both the international and Canadian scientific community.

The final screening assessment report and proposed risk management approach will be published in Canada Gazette, Part I, on October 18, 2008. The proposed risk management approach will be followed by a 60-day consultation period. Regulations are expected to come into effect in 2009.

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