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Poisonous baby food on sale in Norway?. A potentially poisonous substance contained in baby food jars is being openly sold in Norwegian supermarkets. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used mainly to make polycarbonate plastic and can be found in screw top jars of baby food, amongst other products. Last month, Denmark banned sales of all products for under-3s containing BPA. This forced baby food manufacturers HiPP and Nestlé to find a solution, according to environmental interest group Grønn Hverdag.

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Poisonous baby food on sale in Norway?

Published on Sunday, 15th August, 2010 at 15:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A potentially poisonous substance contained in baby food jars is being openly sold in Norwegian supermarkets.

Pacifier (Illustration photo)
Pacifier (Illustration photo)
Photo: Jacqueline Godany/Wikimedia Commons


Double standards

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used mainly to make polycarbonate plastic and can be found in screw top jars of baby food, amongst other products.

Last month, Denmark banned sales of all products for under-3s containing BPA. This forced baby food manufacturers HiPP and Nestlé to find a solution, according to environmental interest group Grønn Hverdag.

The group alleges BPA-laced jars are still on sale in Norway.

“It’s double standards by manufacturers such as Nestlé and HiPP to halt sales in Denmark, whilst still selling jars in Norway,” Tone Granaas, head of Grønn Hverdag, tells NRK.

Norwegian baby food producer SMåFOLK also confirms they use lids with BPA, but claims the risk to children is minimal.

“We don’t add BPA deliberately. It’s included as part of the paint’s raw materials,” says head of production Mette Bogen.

HiPP says it will be introducing a BPA-free lid sometime next month.

Wait-and-see policy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set a daily limit of 0.05 milligram/kg body weight and its scientific committee is currently investigating the issue.

A recent study by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) claims there’s no evidence suggesting BPA affects the nervous system.

But according to the Norwegian Environmental Directorate, BPA can affect the hormonal and reproductive systems.

Some of the major Norwegian supermarket chains have already removed pacifiers and feeding bottles from their shelves.

Senior advisor at the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet), Hans Jørgen Talberg, says they’re waiting for EFSA’s conclusions before coming with their own recommendations.

“As you know, the feeding bottles which contain BPA have already been withdrawn from the market, thus removing the potential risk of damage to the undeveloped nervous system in the youngest children,” he says.

Demands

Denmark is the only EU country to have introduced an embargo on BPA. Gro Tvedt Andersen at the Consumer Council says they’re looking to pressure Norwegian authorities into doing the same.

“[We’ll] be sending a letter to the Ministry of the Environment demanding a temporary ban of BPA in packaging aimed at 0-3-year-olds as they’ve done in Denmark.”



Published on Sunday, 15th August, 2010 at 15:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: baby, food, bpa, bisphenol, hipp, smaafolk, nestle, jars, lids, poison, nerve, reproductive, hormonal, system, efsa, european, food, safety, authority, american, chemistry, council, acc.





  
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