France bans manufacture, import, export, sales of baby bottles made of BPA-based products

14-May-10
A ban on manufacturing, importing, exporting and selling "baby bottles made of BPA-based products" has been approved in France by a majority of deputies this week. The government bill named "Grenelle 2" (which details the "national commitment for the environment"). But for actual implementation, bills need to go through review and vote in the Assemblée (French parliament), which was accomplished this week, when 314 French deputies approved the "Grenelle 2" against 213 deputies that disapproved this bill. After this first national ban on baby bottles made with BPA-based products, further initiatives could reinforce the fight against BPA in France. The author of the related amendment, French deputy Mr.Bapt, already detailed his goal: to achieve "the total ban of BPA in food packaging designed for children up to 3 years old" taking the example of a similar ban already in place in Denmark. The main threat cited in the amendment detailing the ban is BPA's effect on disrupting the endocrine system. The French amendment defining the ban of selling baby bottles made of BPA-based products includes a requisite for the French government to accurately follow the progress in INSERM - French National Institute for Health and Medical Research's study. The French government has also been asked to inform the French parliament of its initiatives (past and future) towards reducing the human exposure to endocrine disrupting substances; thus including not only bisphenol-A, but also phthalates, the most widely used substances as PVC plasticizers.
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