MEC responds to inquiries about polycarbonate products

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Inconclusive science and regulatory uncertainty
presently surrounds bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic chemical that is a
'building block' of polycarbonate plastic. For these reasons, Mountain
Equipment Co-op (MEC) has stopped selling polycarbonate water bottles and food
containers until guidance is provided by the Government of Canada on the
potential health risks posed by BPA. MEC's deliberations on this matter will
be guided by the risk assessment of BPA that is currently underway through the
federal government's Chemicals Management Plan.
    MEC has followed the BPA issue closely for at least three years. The move
to stop selling polycarbonate water bottles and food containers was an
internal decision that is consistent with our commitment to being a
responsible retailer. To that end, our product offering presently includes
functional alternatives to many of the polycarbonate products that we have now
stopped selling.

For further information:

For further information: Tim Southam, Communications Manager, (604)
707-4480 (direct), (778) 388-1275 (cell),

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