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The Canadian Government has added plastics drinks packaging additive Bisphenol A (BPA) to its national list of toxic substances.

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Canada's move comes despite protests from China and a positive recent health assessment on the chemical from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

BPA is used in plastic packaging on drinks bottles, as well as in some drinks cans. Several studies have linked it to health risks. The chemical has been cleared for use by the US Food and Drug Administration.

"Our science indicated that BPA may be harmful to both human health and the environment,” said Canada's health minister, Leona Aglukkaq. France and Denmark already ban BPA.

Canada's move does not mean there will be an immediate or complete ban on using BPA in food and drinks packaging in the country. However, the Government will now develop risk management policies – which may include drinks packaging bans – within two years.


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