Ban on bisphenol-A in baby bottles

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Ban on the bulk chemical bisphenol-A in baby bottles. Wasn't that why stricter guidelines were laid down?

From the first of March 2011, the manufacturers of baby bottles may no longer use the harmful chemical bisphenol-A for production. From June this year, the contaminated baby bottles may no longer be sold in German stores. The Federal Ministry of Consumer Affairs announced. In other products such as receipts, plastic bottles or thermal paper, hormone-like bulk chemicals are still used.

The ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles was long overdue. Scientific reports have been available for years that certify that the chemical has a negative effect on the human organism. A ban had already been introduced in numerous countries a few years ago, but in Germany consumer protection has so far not been able to prevail.

Bisphenol A acts like a hormone and damages the organism Since the chemical acts like the female hormone estrogen, numerous studies have already been able to provide evidence that the hormone balance in women and men is massively disturbed. One indication of this effect is the increasing number of infertility in women. For example, a study was presented last year at the "Endocrine Society" science congress, in which it was shown that the plastic chemical seriously disrupts the hormone balance and, among other things, leads to diseases of the ovaries. In the course of the study, women with a high proportion of BPA suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome in up to ten percent of cases. Women who suffered from this disease mostly had a higher level of bisphenol-A in their blood than others. Another study by the renowned Harvard University in the USA came to a similar conclusion. The researchers found that BPA not only negatively affects the maturation of eggs, but also the course of pregnancy. Women who had repeated abortions had high levels of BPA in their blood. (Bisphenol-A leads to infertility in women)

Further studies suggested that the everyday chemical leads to a reduction in sperm production in men, which ultimately also provokes infertility in the male sex. Researchers also see a promotion of diabetes and obesity in connection with BPA.

EU authority: Health is not endangered by BPA The European Food Safety Authority said that there is no risk of health damage from the BPA chemical. "The amounts of bisphenol A that are ingested with food by the population in Germany are well below the specified limit in all age groups", explained the EU authority. Here the question arises why numerous scientific studies are disregarded, although the Study records are clear.

The MDR had recently found out during a research that the EU Food Authority appears to be heavily influenced by lobby groups. Because the MDR journalists made an amazing discovery. When looking at the personal details within the European Food Safety Office, it was noticed that the Hungarian Diana Banati was President of the EFSA Board of Directors. At the same time, Banati was on the supervisory board for a long time in the lobbyist association "International Life Sciences Institute ILSI". This association is responsible for numerous large corporations such as Nestlé, Bayer or Coca-Cola. In addition to these groups, ILSI is also co-financed by the largest bisphenol-A producers. Ms. Banati has long been a leader in the lobbyists' association and also president of the EFSA Board of Directors. In addition, three other important EU officials worked for a lobby association at the same time. (Lobbyists prevent Bisphenol-A ban)

EU directive only slightly tightened
Officially, a statement by the federal government stated that not all questions about bisphenol-A have been fully scientifically clarified. Therefore, the EU Commission gave in under pressure from Germany and, as a precaution, restricted the use of BPA. However, the directive does not speak of a general ban, but only of a minimal restriction and that only with regard to baby bottles. The ban on BPA in baby bottles comes into effect on March 1, 2011. A transition period of three months applies to products that have already been manufactured. However, baby pacifiers and baby bottles that are BPA-free are already commercially available. BPA is still not prohibited in numerous children's toys. (sb)

Read on the topic:
Lobbyists prevent bisphenol-A ban
Study: Girls getting sexually mature earlier
Hormone-active chemicals threaten health
Federal Environment Agency warns of chemical bisphenol A
Chemical bisphenol-A found on receipts
Bisphenol-A leads to infertility in women

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