As reported in an article published January 20, 2014 on the webpage of the Philippine news agent ABS-CBN News, the non-governmental organization EcoWaste Coalition sent a letter to the Health Secretary of the Philippines Enrique Ona demanding that bisphenol A (BPA) is banned from baby feeding bottles and other food and beverage containers for children under the age of 3. The group argues in the letter that BPA has been linked to “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, asthma, erectile dysfunction, infertility, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart ailments and breast and prostate cancers, often at low levels of exposure.” The EcoWaste Coalition cites a recent study by Gail Prins of the University of Illinois, U.S., who associated low dose BPA exposure with prostate cancer (previously reported on by the FPF). Another study cited by the group had shown that BPA inhibited cell signaling involved in growth processes (Schöpel et al. 2014, previously reported on by the FPF). The EcoWaste Coalition urged the Philippine Department of Health to make use of the precautionary principle and ban the use of BPA in food contact materials intended for young children.

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ABS-CBN News (January 20, 2014). “PH urged: Ban BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups.

EcoWaste coalition (January 20, 2014). “Children’s health advocates push for expedited ban on BPA-laden infant products.

FPF article “BPA linked to prostate cancer.

FPF article “BPA impedes cell signaling.”