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Europe bans bisphenol-A from baby bottles

The European Commission on Thursday agreed to ban the common chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles across the European Union (EU) by mid-2011.

The decision follows a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach taken by many countries, manufacturers and consumers in the past few years, as a steady stream of research (most of it in animals) suggests that exposure to BPA may affect development and poses cancer risks. At the same time, it’s not clear whether our everyday exposure merits restricting the chemical – though with young infants, few want to take any chances.


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