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April 22, 2010


Polycarbonate baby bottles containing bisphenol A (4,4'- isopropylidenediphenol) have been added to the list of prohibited products in Part I of Schedule I of Canada's Hazardous Products Act (HPA).  At this time, the BPA prohibition applies only to polycarbonate baby bottles and is not extended to other feeding or drinking containers. The order was published in Part II of the Canada Gazette (March 31, 2010) and was effective March 11, 2010. Canada is the first country in the world to introduce a prohibition on these products.


Section 3 of the Hazardous Products (Kettles) Regulations has been revised to lower the maximum leachable lead level from 0.05 parts per million (ppm) to 0.01 ppm. 

Kettles are described in Part II of Schedule I of the HPA as being "Kettles for household use that release lead into water boiled therein." The Regulations apply to a wide range of products including both stove-top and electric models of kettles, coffee percolators, samovars, and espresso machines. The leachable lead is generally found within materials of poor quality used in the construction of the kettle, such as in the vessel walls or in the soldering used to fuse parts of the kettle together.

The amendment brings the Hazardous Products (Kettles) Regulations in line with the safe levels identified in the publication Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.

The order was published in Part II of the Canada Gazette (March 17, 2010) and was effective February 23, 2010.

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