Sweden acts on endocrine disruptor Bisphenol A

The Swedish government today announced that Sweden will ban the endocrine disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA) in cans containing food for children under the age of three.

The Swedish government has also decided to further look into a possible ban of the use of BPA in thermal paper used in receipts and tickets, as well as in toys and relining of drinking water pipes.

– BPA is a highly problematic endocrine disruptor, listed on the SIN List since the list was first presented in 2008. Until we have an EU-wide ban on BPA through REACH, we encourage EU member states to take these kinds of national initiatives. Hopefully they will, just like with the issue of baby bottles, lead to action also on EU level, says Anne-Sofie Andersson, ChemSec Director.

Bisphenol A is one of the world's most widely-manufactured chemicals, widespread in humans as well as in the environment. It is an endocrine disruptor and can be toxic to reproduction even at low levels of exposure. BPA exposure is associated with a long list of health effects including: obesity, heart disease, breast and prostate cancer, endometriosis, diabetes, fertility problems, birth defects, altered immune system and effects on brain development and behaviour.

– We are pleased to note that Sweden is now considering to ban BPA in relining of water pipes, an issue ChemSec highlighted at the end of last year, says Sonja Haider, ChemSec business and investors advisor.

Swedish government press release

Read more about Bisphenol A

In December, ChemSec highlighted the issue of BPA leaching into drinking water if the epoxy resin used in relining the water pipe when restoring it had not hardened properly.

ChemSec press release about BPA in relining December 2011

ChemSec fact sheet about BPA in relining