What next? Life after BPA in Canada



    VAUGHAN, ON, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - In the wake of Health Canada's recent ban on
baby products containing Bisphenol-A (BPA), a toxic plastics chemical used for
years by many major manufacturers, Canadians have been left wondering who they
can truly trust to provide safe products for their children.
    On October 18, 2008, Canada became the first country to formally declare
BPA a hazard to human health, and inform the baby-product industry it can no
longer use the chemical in their products.
    "The evidence does show that there is a certain level of ancillary risk
associated with BPA on infant development; even a minimal risk is too great
when you are considering the health of Canada's children," says Tony Ferraro,
President of BornFree Canada.
    In April 2008, when Health Minister, Tony Clement, first warned of this
impending ban, retailers rushed to remove BPA-based baby products from their
shelves. During this time of turmoil for many in the industry, BornFree(TM)
remained unwavering as a producer of BPA-free baby products since the
company's inception.
    "Baby health and wellness has been BornFree's paramount priority since
day one," says Ferraro. "Canadians can trust BornFree to maintain the
high-quality of the BPA-free products we continuously produce because of our
long-standing commitment to providing parents with solutions they can feel
safe about giving to their children."
    The negative effect of BPA on humans is clear. In September, 2008, the
prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a
study(1) showing that 90 per cent of participants had detectable levels of BPA
in their urine. Researchers also found that high concentrations of BPA led to
a threefold increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and an
increased risk of 2.4 for developing type-2 diabetes.
    "With the mounting evidence of BPA's threat to human health, BornFree
commends Health Canada for taking such a monumental and precedent-setting
step," states Ferraro. "Our children are our future, and we must do what it
takes to protect them."

    About BPA

    BPA is a synthetic chemical compound used in a wide range of consumer
products and is classed by the Government of Canada as a hormone disruptor.
Products containing or made from BPA have been in commerce for more than 50
years, and its current uses are numerous. It is a key monomer in the
production of polycarbonate plastic, a clear and nearly shatter-proof plastic
used to make a variety of common products such as water bottles, sports
equipment, medical and dental devices, contact lenses, household electronics,
CDs and DVDs.

    About BornFree(TM)

    BornFree(TM) is dedicated to producing and distributing the highest
quality baby feeding accessories in the world. They have developed a range of
products made of Polyamide PA, a form of nylon that is completely free of the
potentially dangerous chemicals Bisphenol-A (BPA), Phthalates and PVC.

    
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    (1) Lang IA, Galloway TS, Scarlett A; et al. "Association of urinary
        bisphenol A concentration with medical disorders and laboratory
        abnormalities in adults". JAMA. 2008; 300(11):1303-1310.
    





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For further information: or to arrange an interview with a BornFree
representative, please contact: Chrome Communications, (905) 567-1406: Alon
Barmapov, ext. 223, (647) 405-1352, alon@chromecommunications.ca; or Ashley
Jennison, ext. 222, ashley@chromecommunications.ca

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