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BPA Free Baby Bottle? It is all the truth?

A study by Toxics Link, an environmental Indian NGO, has found high bisphenol A levels even in BPA-free feeding bottles

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For the Toxics Link's study, 14 samples of feeding bottles were collected from Delhi, Baripada in Odisha and Bhopal in MP. Researchers were shocked to find 50% of BPA-free samples with BPA levels exceeding the EU threshold of 0.6 parts per million (PPM).
The study results clearly indicate that most of the feeding bottles available in Indian market contain Bisphenol-A irrespective of the brands. Trace of BPA has been detected in all the samples collected from Bhopal and Baripada. BPA was also found in the branded sample.

- Out of the fourteen baby feeding bottle samples analyzed 78.5% samples contain BPA.
- The maximum concentration of BPA was found to be 9.8 ppm.
- Average concentration of BPA was found to be 1.68 ppm.
- In 50% of BPA-free samples BPA had been detected above EU threshold limit of 0.6 ppm.
- BPA has been detected in a bottle that has been marked as 0 % BPA.

In one of the bottles, the BPA concentration was 9.8ppm, about 16 times the limit, and 78.5% of the samples contained BPA.
The feeding bottles in India are regulated by the Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 1992 as Amended in 2003 (IMS Act). The act mandates that all the baby feeding bottles to be sold in India will be subjected to the standard IS-14625 specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The IS-14625 was adopted in 1999 and has been revsied in 2002 and 2004 considering certain enviornmental parameters. According to the 2002 amendement of IS-14625, only virgin Polycarbonate is allowed for the baby feeding bottles. The Bureau of Indian Standrad ( BIS) has revised the standard for baby feeding bottle in 2013. The draft notification has stated that BPA will not be used in the baby feeding bottles. However the draft has not been published yet.

LINK to the study HERE


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Toxics Link is an Indian environmental research and advocacy organization set up in 1996, engaged in disseminating information to help strengthen the campaign against toxics pollution, provide cleaner alternatives and bring together groups and people affected by this problem.