Investigation: Scandal of danger chemical in baby bottles

Leading British retailers selling products banned in Canada and US

Martin Hickman, Consumer Affaris Correspondent: The Independent

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Case study: ‘The Government is not moving quickly enough in banning BPA in products’

John and Alison McHugh, an IT consultant and a strategic marketing manager, have been married for three-and-a-half years and live with their 13-month-old son, John-Patrick, in south Glasgow. Last year, the couple, both in their thirties, started the blog after learning about the harmful affects of bisphenol A (BPA).

“Before Alison was pregnant, we had researched different recyclable plastics so we could find out how to be greener, and that’s how we learnt about the harmful elements that are present in many plastics,” said John. “But as soon as she became pregnant, like any parent, we stepped it up a gear. Such things move from an interest to a real concern.

“We consciously sought out BPA-free products during and after the pregnancy. We don’t eat tinned food because of the BPA in them and we use glass baby-feeding bottles because they are recyclable and they are BPA-free. We did use some plastic ones but ensured they were BPA-free, like those made by BornFree.

“There is also BPA in some weaning products and we made sure we avoided any we were worried about, and very carefully checked all of the labels to see what they were made of.

“The fact that products containing BPA are still being sold without obvious labelling is atrocious. Mums have busy schedules and don’t have time to decipher minuscule writing on the back of products to learn what they contain. Manufacturers have a responsibility to label their products appropriately.

“The Government should follow in the footsteps of Canada and a number of states in America by banning BPA in products but they’re just not moving quick enough. There’s just no excuse.

“There are parents writing on the blog who were not aware of the effects and fear that their child may have been exposed. The best advice we can give is to stay healthy and take folic acid, as research indicates this can reduce the effects.

“Parents should remember, though, that this is not their fault. It’s the Government’s for not moving fast enough and the manufacturers’ for not being diligent enough.”

Case Study by Amanda Hall, The Independent.


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