01.BPA-free food for babies and kids
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that has been used for many years to make polycarbonate plastic bottles and to line food cans to prevent corrosion. BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical which interferes with our body’s own hormones, and small amounts can migrate from the plastic into the food.
Our own testing showed that some baby foods contained BPA at potentially harmful levels. While Heinz has since announced that they will phase out BPA from all their baby products we’d like the Australian government to ban BPA in all foods designed for babies and young children, as well as canned foods commonly consumed by children such as baked beans and spaghetti.
Experts are divided on the potential health hazards, but there is sufficient concern for Canada, Denmark and some US states to have banned the sale of baby bottles made using BPA. Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Mr Mark Butler recently announced a ‘phase-out’ of BPA in babies’ bottles.
Email Mr Butler and tell him that you want all foods made for babies and toddlers to be BFA-free.