In Europe, the production and import of baby food containers containing bisphenol A (BpA) are banned from 1 May and 1 July respectively .
According to a project communicated by the Ministry of Health , China is also trying to align itself with European standards and will ban its sale from 1 September 2011. The veto project for the BPA will cover all containers intended to contain food or drinks for children .
Shanghai authorities also promise increased checks once the ban goes into effect, to make sure products are no longer on the shelves. “We will launch an inspection campaign,” said Zhang Yusong, an officer in the Shanghai administrative office.
BpA is widely used in food related products , such as packaging and containers. According to some studies, if a polycarbonate bottle is heated, the BpA is more likely to contaminate the food.
‘Scientific research has so far found BpA in food at extremely low levels and there is no evidence to confirm that it can harm people’s health. But the government has decided to ban the BPA for products intended for infants as they are particularly sensitive to the problem of contamination, ”says the Chinese draft.
Local bottle manufacturers have already taken action. A staff member of Pigeon Shanghai Co Ltd, a leading baby product brand, said the company had stopped making polycarbonate bottles containing BpA since March. Some stores may have stocks of polycarbonate bottles, but the company will follow the government’s order when the ban takes effect.
After the EU ban on baby bottles, many Shanghai parents have switched to using glass bottles. And almost all online sellers say their products are BPA-free: as on taobao.com, the leading e-commerce platform in China, where they specify that their bottles, from Europe and North America, are made of silica gel or glass