The Use of BPA in Baby Bottles: Regulatory Challenges in Dealing with Uncertain Risks

Parents of infants have recently been confronted with labels indicating that their purchases of a baby bottle, teethers or sippy cups are now ‘Bisphenol A-free’ (BPA). What does this imply? These labels suggest that the presence of BPA poses a risk of which consumers were most likely unaware.

If parents seek information about this BPAfree label, the product instructions do not elaborate on its meaning or rationale. Searching online would expose a wealth of information about the possible risks and uncertainties surrounding products containing BPA. It is a sensitive topic of debate as such products are intended for one of the most vulnerable groups within society: children under the age of three. BPA is systematically framed as a risk by the media. It is arguably the new buzzword in media coverage on chemical risk regulation 2,3. Bisphenol A, a synthetic chemical used in the production process of polycarbonate (plastics), is currently making headline news in the US and the EU. Its questioned safety in materials in contact with food stuffs, baby bottles and children’s toys has turned plastics into a political issue.



Copyright: © Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Source: StoffR 02/2011 (März 2011)
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