German Agency Raises Red Flag on BPA

German Agency Raises Red Flag on BPA

Baby bottle - CC license by Flickr user Beth Nazario

The German Federal Environment Agency has recommended that manufacturers use alternatives to bisphenol A (BPA) and that the government should consider regulations for products made with BPA.

The agency published its views on BPA in a background paper that touches on the numerous BPA studies, the questions that have been raised about some tests, and the disparity between governments that have taken action against BPA and other that have said it is safe.

”There's still a lack of data but what is already known about bisphenol A should be sufficient to take decisions on the application of the precautionary principle and limit the use of special products containing bisphenol A," said Jochen Flasbarth, president of the agency, in a statement.

The report goes on to advise manufacturers, importers and uses of BPA to use alternative materials and that regulations on products made with BPA should be considered.

While the European Existing Chemicals Programme and the European Food Safety Authority have said BPA is safe under current consumer exposure, governments in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, France and within the United States have banned certain products that contain BPA, primarily children's items like baby bottle.

In the U.S., Vermont became the sixth state to take action on BPA when Gov. James Douglas signed a law last month banning BPA from being used in baby bottles, sports bottles and other reusable food and drink containers starting in 2012. It also bans metal infant formula cans cans that contain BPA starting in 2014.

Baby bottle - CC license by Flickr user Beth Nazario