EU recommends glass as ban on plastic baby bottles enforced

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Today, 1 March 2011, the EU Directive to ban the use of BPA in plastic infant feeding bottles published on 28 January 2011 will take effect in the EU Member States. It will no longer be possible to ma...

Today, 1 March 2011, the EU Directive to ban the use of BPA in plastic infant feeding bottles published on 28 January 2011 will take effect in the EU Member States. It will no longer be possible to manufacture polycarbonate infant feeding bottles containing BPA. Starting from 1 June 2011, the ban will also cover imports of baby bottles containing this material. The European Commission has taken due account of the European Food Safety Opinion of 2006 according to which: infants aged 3 and 6 months fed using polycarbonate infant feeding bottles have the highest exposure to BPA and that this level of exposure decreases once feeding from polycarbonate bottles is phased out. In its Directive, the EC therefore refers to glass as alternative material to polycarbonate because it does not contain BPA and it is safe for human health as it has to comply with very strict safety requirements set out for food contact materials. There is now no doubt that EU Legislation considers container glass as one of the most chemically and biologically inert materials says Adeline Farrelly secretary general of FEVE. She adds: Container glass is exempt from the EU Regulation REACH which obliges industry to register any material or substance potentially harmful for human health, and to duly inform citizens. Glass vessels are so stable that they are extensively used in toxicological tests. And glass does not need to go to landfill as it is 100% and infinitely recycleable. However, should this happen,...
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