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Canada report shows 'significant progress' in limiting BPA infant exposure

Canada has made "significant progress" in limiting infant exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) over the last decade, according to a recent risk management progress report.

BPA was added to Canada's list of toxic substances, schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (Cepa), after a screening assessment found it was entering the environment at levels that could harm human health or the environment.

Since then, the government has prohibited polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA (in 2010), as well as infant formula products in BPA-containing packaging (in 2014).

The progress report indicates that the country has seen a 96% decrease in infant exposure to BPA compared with the highest exposure estimates in a 2008 assessment.

BPA is used primarily to make polycarbonate, epoxy resins and certain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, and was commonly found in consumer products. Canada's assessment of the substance indicated a heightened susceptibility for pregnant women and infants, because of its developmental toxicity hazard.

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