The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its decision to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and children’s drinking cups on July 17, in respond to the request made by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in October last year.
“Although governments around the world continue to support the safety of BPA in food contact materials, confusion about whether BPA is used in baby bottles and sippy cups had become an unnecessary distraction to consumers, legislators and state regulators,” said Steven G Hentges, PhD, of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC. “FDA action on this request now provides certainty that BPA is not used to make the baby bottles and sippy cups on store shelves, either today or in the future.”
The ban, however, does not imply to food packaging and containers. “Consumers can be confident that these products do not contain BPA,” FDA spokesman Allen Curtis said in a statement, adding that the agency’s action was based on the bottle industry’s phase out of the chemical. “The agency continues to support the safety of BPA for use in products that hold food.”