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Canada to Ban Bisphenol A as Toxic

The Canadian government has just proposed that bisphenol A be declared a toxic substance and is expected to ban its use in Canada, effective January 2009.

“It is concluded that bisphenol A be considered as a substance that may be entering the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health,” said officials from Health Canada and Environment Canada on October 17, 2008.

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a chemical found in the plastic used to line food cans, water bottles and baby bottles, and consumer products like CDs.

Human studies have recently provided new data substantiating that exposure to BPA is linked to toxicity and metabolic alterations, heart disease, diabetes and liver problems. It is considered to be especially risky for infants and fetuses.

Meanwhile, industry groups, like the American Chemistry Council who represent plastic makers, continue to argue that common levels of exposure to BPA are not a significant health concern.

All Canadians now have 60 days to let the federal government know what they think before it moves to legally declare BPA as toxic.