BEIJING, June 1 (Xinhua) — China began to ban production of baby bottles made of polycarbonate or containing Bisphenol A (BPA) on June 1, the country’s quality watch dog said.
Agencies of quality and technology supervision at all levels should withdraw and cancel the certificates of polycarbonate baby bottle producers, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) in an online statement.
The announcement was made according to the ban released by six ministries including Ministry of Health, the statement said.
Baby bottle producers should recall the products made of polycarbonate or containing Bisphenol A in line with the ban and are not allowed to use recalled products to make plastic packages, containers and tools, it said.Local quality watchdogs should strengthen the supervision, investigate and penalize violators, it said.
Polycarbonate is a thermoplastics that has many applications, while Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical widely used to make hard, polycarbonate plastics, such as baby bottles.
Traces of BPA can be released from plastic containers into the food they carry if these containers are heated at high temperatures. They may lead to early sexual development of children and could cause cancer, according to health experts.