It's Official: Canada Declares Bisphenol A Toxic

Canadian Health Minister Tony Clement (pictured left) announced yesterday that Bisphenol A would be listed as a toxic substance and banned the use of polycarbonate plastic baby bottles. His Ministry will also tell baby food manufacturers to get it out of the linings of infant formula cans. The chemical has been blamed for conditions including cancer, declining sperm counts and early puberty in girls.

"We believe that the current safety margin needs to be higher. We have concluded that it is better to be safe than sorry," Mr. Clement told a news conference yesterday in Ottawa, announcing the decision as "precautionary action."

Martin Mittelstaedt, who has been reporting on BPA for years and deserves great credit for being an early voice in the wilderness, reports:

"This is the first time in living memory that our federal government has taken such a leadership position in the world on an issue like this," commented Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, an advocacy group. "I think oftentimes Canadians want to know that our country is doing right in the world, and in this particular case today it's actually happening."

The FDA in the States still says it is safe, based on two studies funded by the American Chemistry Council. ::Globe and Mail

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