By Jocylin FC, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
FDA in Taiwan found banned products, Bisphenol A (BPA) in the production of baby
products on September 23. The products are PES, PP, and Pleasant Goat PES baby bottles by USBABY, and the PP baby bottle by BAB. EU has banned BPA in all baby products in 2011 while FDA in Taiwan also set regulations to prevent domestic manufacturers from producing or importing pacifiers and baby bottles that contains BPA.
BPA, an endocrine disruptor that behaves in a similar way to estrogen and other hormones in the human body, is used in the manufacture of food contact materials such as re-usable plastic tableware and can coatings. You can also found BPA in cash register receipts! However, residues of BPA can migrate into food and beverages and be ingested by the consumer. In Taiwan, it is commonly for food stalls and restaurants to use plastic bags and containers as food wares. The residues of BPA can also be absorbed through the skin and by inhalation when come in contact with thermal paper, cosmetics and dust.
BPA can undermine the reproduction and development of aquatic life, according to a report by the Royal Society, UK. They found that BPA has been shown to undermine the reproduction of all animal groups studied. It was also found to induce genetic abnormalities in amphibians and crustaceans. The health effects of BPA include reproductive disorders, heart diseases, diabetes, damages to brain functions and development, and cancer. [FULL STORY]