Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is added in polycarbonate baby bottles to make it hard and transparent. While Polycarbonate is a type of plastic used in the manufacture of consumer products.
BPA is used by the chemical industry in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic that aims to produce baby bottles, food and beverage containers and in the manufacture of epoxy resin is used as internal coatings for food and beverage cans.
Human life can not be separated with the use of BPA. However, BPA is the substance to cause adverse effects on human health.
BPA is an endocrine attacker (Endocrine Disruptor) that would interfere with the release of hormones in the human body. BPA has the same activity as estrogen in the human body and can cause disruption to the endocrine system function.
Exposure to BPA is extensive. Studies in animals have shown exposure to BPA at a high rate and continuously associated with health problems such as:
• low sperm count
• Cancer of the prostate and breast
• The loss in the womb
• The results of early puberty
• Penggangu that will prevent the release of endocrine hormones in the body
• Interference with the immune system
European Union (EU) has announced a ban on baby bottles containing BPA in 2010. Germany, France, Denmark, Canada, New York, Australia and New Zealand has taken action to ban BPA baby products on products such as toys and milk bottles on precautionary measures (precautionary measures) in addition to a voluntary recall by the manufacturer. Canada has declared BPA a toxic substance.
In March 2011, the Ministry of Health Malaysia will ban the sale of polycarbonate baby bottles that use BPA. This is to protect high-risk group of infants and children aged 0-3 years in the future.
Given industry for a year until March 1, 2012 to spend progressively existing products. Within this year, the industry can prepare for the right product does not contain BPA.