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The socialist bill, proposing the ban on the use of bisphenol A in food containers as of 2014, has received the support of the government. Health Minister Xavier Bertrand has even proposed to anticipate the application of this law, for containers intended for children under 3 years. (News of 11/10/11)
Total disappearance of bisphenol A expected in 2014
- Suspected of being an endocrine disruptor to the effects dangerous for human health, bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical substance, has been banned in France in the manufacture of baby bottles since 2010.
- Nevertheless, it always enters into the composition of materials in contact with foodstuffs.
- BPA has been the subject of many years studies that should invalidate or confirm its safety.
- The most recent study, conducted by ANSES *, has demonstrated proven harmful effects in animals and suspected in humans.
Limit the exposure of the most sensitive audiences
- ANSES * insisted the importance of protecting pregnant, breastfeeding women and children from now on, pending new results.
- In parallel, the Socialist Group has proposed a bill to completely ban the presence of BPA in food containers.
- Government-backed bill, which outbid by advocating early application to 2013 for containers for children under 3 years old.
- Xavier Bertrand has announced that he wants to implement an information campaign for pregnant women, nursing mothers and parents of young children.
* ANSES: National Agency of Sanitary Security, Food, Work