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Philippines - Proposed to Prohibit the Use of BPA in Child Care Articles, Baby Food Containers and Packaging

News Date:2019.02.21

Date: January 30th, 2019
Senate Bill No. 2170 of 17th Congress of the Philippines has been introduced to propose “BPA in Child Care Articles Prohibition Act”. This bill is a substitution of Senate Bill No. 1844. If approved as proposed, this Act shall take effect 15 days after its publication in a least 2 newspapers of general circulation.

According to the bill, no person or entity shall manufacture, sell, import or distribute the following items that contain Bisphenol A (BPA) in commerce:
1. Any baby food or beverage packaging, container, or any child care article; and
2. Any packaging, container, or child care article that is used to store infant formula or

    baby food.

The manufacturers are duty-bound to use safer alternatives as replacement of BPA. The alternative substances shall not be:
1. Known carcinogens, having carcinogenic potentials, likely carcinogens, known to be
    human carcinogens, likely to be human carcinogens, or suggestive of being carcinogens
    ; and
2. Those with reproductive toxicants that the Department of Health (DOH) has identified
    as causing birth defects, reproductive harm, or developmental harm.

 • Baby Food: refers to prepared food consisting of a soft paste or an easily chewed food
    that is intended for consumption by infants and children.
 • BPA or Bisphenol A: an industrial chemical compound C15H16O2 that is a component
    especially of hard plastics (such as polycarbonate) and epoxy resins.
 • Infant Formula: breastmilk substitutes formulated industrially in accordance with
    applicable Codex Alimentarius standards to satisfy the normal nutritional requirements
    of infants between four (4) to six (6) months of age and adapted to their physiological
    characteristics. It may be a milk-based or soy-based powder, concentrated liquid or
    ready-to-feed substitute for human breast milk, that is intended for infant consumption.
 • Baby Food or Beverage Container: a receptacle for storing baby food or beverages,
    including baby bottles and spill-proof cups. It may be reusable or disposable once used.
 • Child Care Article: a consumer product designed or intended by a manufacturer for the
    feeding of children, to facilitate sleep or to help children with sucking or teething. This
    includes baby food packaging, containers and other baby products.

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