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Manufacturers 'finding alternatives to BPA'

Nursery products manufacturers are seeking alternatives to BPA.
The Baby Products Association has said that a number of manufacturers are seeking alternatives to the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) to use in their products.

BPA represents one of the world's highest productions of chemicals, with two million metric tons produced worldwide in 2003 and it is used in baby bottles primarily with regard to infant products.

Following Europe's decision in 2004 to set "very low limits" for the amount of BPA contained in products, manufacturers for the nursery industry have been prompted to find alternative materials.

Lorraine Brophy, technical and information services advisor for the Baby Products Association, explained that there has been a great deal of research into BPA over the years.

She assured parents that the US National Toxicology Program's (NTP) final report "affirmed the safety of products made from polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, including products intended for use by infants and children".

Nevertheless she said that BPA level limits in baby products have been set very low "as a precautionary approach".

Ms Brophy added: "Years of ongoing research has already prompted some manufacturers to find alternative materials and the market has a number of Bisphenol A-free products available."

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