Representatives from the National Childbirth Trust along with scientists and other charities have urged the government to ban bottles containing Bisphenol A in the country.
The chemical has been linked to health issues including breast cancer, but scientists were divided on banning until recent animal studies showed Bisphenol A affected the reproductive system as well.
AdvertisementCommenting on the need to ban it, Clare Dimmer, chair of trustees at Breast Cancer UK and a former breast cancer patient, said, "Keeping BPA baby bottles on the shelves is not an option. Most parents don't have a degree in chemistry or biology."
Bisphenol A is widely used in plastic bottles including feeding bottles for babies. A group of scientists from universities in Stirling, Ulster, London, Plymouth and Reading supporting the No More BPA campaign have written a letter to Health Secretary Andy Burnham urging the government to go for a "standpoint consistent with the approach taken by other governments who have ended the use of BPA in food contact products marketed at children".