EU Moves to Restrict BPA in Plastics

EU Moves to Restrict BPA in PlasticsEU Moves to Restrict BPA in Plastics

A chemical found in CDs, DVDs, kettles and water bottles could soon be restricted after the EU authorities ruled that it posed a threat to human health because of its effects on hormones. The European chemicals agency (Echa) voted unanimously that bisphenol A (BPA) was an ‘endocrine disruptor’, linking it to a range of hormone-twisting health effects including cancer, learning difficulties and diabetes. The substance has already been singled out for its toxicity to the human reproductive system, The Guardian reported. The Green law group ClientEarth, which contributed to a 20-year battle against BPA, said the decision was “historic” and called for rapid action by the authorities. BPA is one of the world’s best-selling chemicals, with 3.8m tons of the substance produced in 2006, around a third of which was sold in Europe.


Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints