In 2008, Canada was the first country in the world to propose taking action against BPA. In April of that year, the government released a draft risk assessment concluding that the chemical was toxic because of its reproductive and developmental toxicity, and its environmental effects. Then Canada banned BPA in baby bottles in March of this year. This week, Canada formally added the chemical to its Toxic Substances List.
Canada's leadership on BPA has had a ripple effect around the world. In the United States, the Senate is considering legislation that would ban BPA in infant food containers, championed by Dianne Feinstein. Seven states have passed similar statutes. France and Denmark have also taken action on its use in baby bottles, and bills have been introduced in Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Here's an excerpt from Time's blog post about Canada's move:
It's used almost everywhere. It's in almost all of us. It does weird things to rodents and it may be doing weird things to us—but it's tough to be certain. Bisphenol-A (BPA) has become a litmus test for how people view environmental health and the risks of common household chemicals—as I wrote in a long story for TIME earlier this year. The chemical has countless industrial uses, most often in the epoxy liner of cans and in plastic bottles. But BPA is also an endocrine disruptor, meaning that it has the capacity to mess with our hormones and potentially impact health—especially in developing fetuses—even at relatively low doses. (Because they can mimic hormones—which cause enormous changes in our bodies even at relatively low amounts—the dose-response relationship used to evaluate traditional toxins like lead may not work with BPA.)