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EU ban on BPA in baby bottles enters into force

As of March 1, European manufacturers are no longer able to use bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles. The ban stems from the EU Directive 2011/8/ECU adopted in late January. The second part of the regulation, due to come into force on 1 June, will outlaw the marketing or selling of BPA-containing bottles into the EU. In a statement, John Dalli, commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, said: "March 1 represents a landmark in our efforts to protect better the health of EU citizens, in particular when it comes to our children following the precautionary principle." The European Commission decided to ban the chemical in baby bottles last November, after it said doubts were raised over the continued use of BPA in containers by the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA's) opinion of September 2010.

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