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Has BPA been Banned in Australia?

On 19.07.2012 by Tracey Tipping

Despite the multitude of research that has been undertaken on BPA over many years (see the timeline by the Environmental Working Group), it seems that regulators in both Australia and overseas are very cautious about making any adverse health declarations about BPA.

The presumption seems to be that the chemical is safe unless it can be proven otherwise.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) – the body responsible for the regulation of chemicals in plastic articles for food use in Australia – has stated that they have “evaluated the safety of BPA in food, including that consumed by infants and concluded that levels of intake of BPA are very low and do not pose a significant human health risk for any age group”[1].

And yet despite this, on the 30th of June 2010, the Australian Government announced that the Wesfarmers Group (Coles, K Mart, Target) and Woolworths, Big W and Aldi had decided to voluntarily phase out baby bottles containing BPA[2].

In their media release, the Australian Government cited the decision taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA in January 2010 to undertake further research into the risks for babies and infants associated with BPA.

The Government went on to say that they appreciate that “there has been a level of public concern relating to BPA in baby bottles and, as such, has worked extensively with retailers to introduce the phase out”[3].

In response to the bans overseas and voluntary phase-out in Australia, the Australian regulator (FSANZ) asserts that these actions are a “response to consumer preference and demand and not an issue about product safety”[4].

While this still means that baby bottles containing BPA (not to mention baby foods in cans lined with BPA) can still be sold in Australia, it is at least a step in the right direction when we see major retailers banding together voluntarily to phase out the sale of baby bottles containing BPA.

It also proves that people power can really make a difference when it comes to BPA, so the more we raise our concerns with Governments, manufacturers and retailers the more likely we are to get further action on BPA.

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References
[1] “Bisphenol A (BPA) and food packaging”, November 2010, FSANZ.

[2] “Government announces BPA baby bottle phase out”, 30 June 2010, by the Hon Mark Butler MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health.

[3] “Government announces BPA baby bottle phase out”, 30 June 2010, by the Hon Mark Butler MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health.

[4] “Bisphenol A (BPA) and food packaging”, November 2010, FSANZ.


This post was posted in Bisphenol A (BPA) and was tagged with BPA, Banning BPA

2 Responses to Has BPA been Banned in Australia?

  • Can I clone your article to my blog? Thank you.

    Posted on August 1, 2012 at 12:45 am

  • Hi Eric,

    Thanks for your message! I am still new to the world of blogging & was wondering what you mean by 'cloning' my article to your blog?

    Best regards!
    Tracey

    Posted on August 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

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