The Republic of the Philippines has banned the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in feeding bottles and sippy cups for young children.
The ban was announced on August 13, 2019, when the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published Circular No. 2019-004 of August 9, 2019. The circular also included several other important provisions, including:
- Establishments will have a six-month phase-out period to recall all BPA-containing infant baby bottles and sippy cups from the market
- Manufacturers, importers and/or distributors of these BPA-containing
products will be required to carry out the following:
- To perform an inventory and submit a report to the FDA one month after the specified phased-out period
- To prepare a disposal plan in accordance with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) rules and regulations subject to FDA approval
BPA is an industrial chemical used primarily in the manufacture of polycarbonate (PC) plastics and epoxy resins. Due to its estrogenic hormone-like properties and effects on brain development it is identified as particularly damaging to foetuses, babies and young children. Studies show that BPA is particular dangerous in relation to food contact materials and articles (FCMs), when it can be easily released into food or drink. This has led to it being restricted in relation to products for young children in many regions around the world.
The Provision of Circular No. 2019-004 of August 9, 2019 will come into effect 30 days after it is published in two newspapers of general circulation and is submitted to the Office of the National Registry of the University of the Philippines Law Center.
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