Ban BPA in Baby Bottles

We, the undersigned – concerned parents, family members and citizens – hereby wish to support the honourable Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, in his stated intention to ban the use of BPA (bisphenol A) in baby bottles.

As more and more governments around the world take similar steps, we believe it is entirely right and appropriate for South African health authorities to pursue urgent measures to protect the infants of our country from the dangers of BPA, which have been found to include obesity, premature puberty, erectile dysfunction and various kinds of cancer.

We therefore wholeheartedly endorse the planned legislation in terms of section 15 (1) of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act No. 54 of 1972), which seeks to prohibit the "manufacture, importation, exportation and sale of polycarbonate infant feeding bottles containing Bisphenol A."

Please Dr Motsoaledi, do not let any attempts by retailers or manufacturers sway you from acting in the best interests of our babies!

Yours sincerely,