First to List BPA as Toxic

The federal government's decision to add Bisphenol A (BPA) to a registry of toxic substances has put pressure on Britain to do the same, the Mail Foreign Service reported.

Published: Wednesday, 10/22/2008 12:00 am EDT

The federal government's decision to add Bisphenol A (BPA) to a registry of toxic substances has put pressure on Britain to do the same, the Mail Foreign Service reported. Canada is the first country to list the chemical, which is used in many plastics and food packaging, as a toxin. The move is expected to lead to the phasing-out of the chemical in polycarbonate baby bottles as the government plans to restrict the import, sale and advertising of baby bottles made with BPA. The chemical has been linked to brain defects in boys, heart disease in adults and lower sperm counts and breast cancer in animals.

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