Citizens’ Petition to Ban Bisphenol A in Baby Feeding Bottles, Sippy Cups and Food and Beverage Packaging for Kids

20 January 2014
Hon. Enrique T. Ona
Department of Health
Sta. Cruz, Manila
Secretary Ona,
Subject: Citizens’ Petition to Ban Bisphenol A in Baby
Feeding Bottles, Sippy Cups and Food and Beverage Packaging for Kids
We, representatives of public
interest groups working to protect the public health and the environment,
request your office to please fast track the issuance of a Department of Health
Administrative Order that will ban the use of Bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine
disrupting chemical, in baby feeding bottles, sippy cups and other food and
beverage containers for kids under the age of three.
BPA, a synthetic compound
used in polycarbonate baby bottles and in epoxy resins for canned foods and
beverages, has been linked to a long list of health problems, including
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.
This New Year, we came
across two studies published on January 7 and 10 suggesting that early exposure
to low doses of BPA alters cells and can result to serious diseases in the
1) A study led by Prof.
Gail Prins of the University of Illinois, USA and published in the journal Endocrinology
showed that “exposure to low levels of Bisphenol A during development may make
men more susceptible to prostate cancer later in life.”
2. A study by Prof. Raphael
Stoll, Prof Dr. Jürgen Scherkenbeck  and researchers
at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Wuppertal,Germany,
published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry,indicated that BPA “impairs the
function of proteins that are vital for growth processes in cells.”
To prevent fetal and
childhood exposure to BPA via BPA-containing baby bottles, sippy cups and other
food and beverage containers for infants and toddlers, we urge the DOH to apply
the precautionary principle and bar theuse of such endocrine disrupting agent
in such products.
By doing so, the
Philippines will become the newest country to enforce a policy banning BPA,
particularly in baby bottles, which is now banned in over 30 countries,
including China, Malaysia, South Africa, USA and the 27 member states of the
European Union.
Any further delay by the
DOH may result to surplus BPA-containing feeding bottles and sippy cups from
these countries (most notably China, our major trade partner) flooding
Divisoria and getting into the hands and mouths of our children.
We know that you will
agree with us that Filipino children should not be made to suffer from any form
of preventable contamination that can severely affect their health later in
While we recognize that
the immediate priority should be to ensure that only BPA-free products are made
available to children, we believe that the ban on BPA should also cover all
food packaging materials on the premise that if babies during pregnancy are to
be protected against BPA exposure,women of child-bearing age should not consume
BPA-contaminated food and beverage.
As we seek the elimination
of BPA baby feeding bottles, sippy cups and food and beverage packaging, we reiterate
our commitment to “defend the right of every baby to mother’s milk, the first
complete and Zero Waste food, from the direct assault of deceptive advertising
and promotion of artificial breastfeeding and chemical pollution.”
We thank you and the women
and men of the Department of Health for doing your best to achieve
“Kalusugang Pangkalahatan,” including crafting and enforcing robust regulatory
measures that will protect our children against hormone-mimicking pollutants
like BPA, lead and other health-harming chemicals and wastes.
Sincerely yours,
Aileen Lucero
EcoWaste Coalition

Ines Fernandez
Arugaan/Save the Babies Coalition

Dr. Melinda Atienza
Philippine Pediatric Society

Dr. MaricarLimpin

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance –

Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan
Health Futures Foundation

Rep. Leah PrimitivaSamaco-Paquiz
Ang NARS Partylist

Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.

The Pimentel Center for Local Governance

Dean Antonio La

Ateneo School of Government

Fr. Max Abalos
Action for Nurturing Children and Environment
Sixto Carlos
Lot Escandor
Angelita Flores
Advocates for Environmental and Social
Justice, Pandacan, Manila
Roy Alvarez

Amavel Foundation, Davao City

Gina Mejia
Marie Marciano
Ban Toxics
Romeo Saclolo
BatangasDos Fishermen’s Association, Mariveles, Bataan
Teresita Belen
Shrya de Guzman
Darlene Urbino
BuklodKabataan, San Mateo, Rizal
John Eric Belen
Rosa Clavel
Ferdinand Cruz
Nancy Flores
Belen de Guzman
Rolando Lagare
Rosalyn Ramos
Shaina Ramos
Lorna Sogodogo
Evelyn Taan
Buklod Tao, San Mateo, Rizal

Gie Relova
BukluranngManggagawang Pilipino –
National Capital Region

Ochie Tolentino
Cavite Green Coalition

Elsie Brandes de Veyra
Citizens’ Organization Concerned with
Advocating for Philippine Environmental Sustainability

Conrado Esemple
Columban Missionaries

Noemi Tirona
Consumer Right to Safe Food
Fred Bale
Jimmy Lopez

Joseph Kwe
Ecology Ministry, Diocese of Kalookan

Ejoy Garcia
Ecology Ministry of Candelaria Parish

Aaron Pedrosa
Freedom from Debt Coalition, Cebu
Dr. Angelina Galang
Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment
and Sustainable Economy

Clotilde Rose
Green Earth
Beau Baconguis
Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Marvin Tampus
Green Stage Filipinas –Maskara, Cavite
Merci Ferrer
Health Care Without Harm

Ann Fuertes
Interface Development Interventions, Davao City
Manny C. Calonzo
Atty. Olina Velasco-Jacoba
KKK Cebu
Betty Cabazares
Kinaiyahan Foundation

Heidi Amigable


Corazon Javate

KrusadasaKalikasan, Nueva Ecija

George Dadivas
Kupkop Kita Kabayan Foundation
Sr. Ma. Aida Velasquez,
Lingkod Tao Kalikasan

Victor Sumampong

Allan Tura
Makabata para sa Bayan

Melvin Saladino
MalikhaingLandasnamagpapayabongsaSining at Kultura,

MamamayanAyawsa Aerial Spraying,

Tessa Oliva
Eric Buado
Miriam P.E.A.C.E.
Sonia Mendoza
Mother Earth Foundation

Chandra Balaong
NEWLAC, Cabanatuan City

Romy Hidalgo
November 17 Movement

Nona Andaya Castillo
Nurturers of the Earth
Art Bollas
Obando Kami ay Para sa Iyo (OKAPI)

Mercedes Castillo
Occupational Health Nurses Association
of the Philippines (OHNAP), Inc.

Office of Coun.Nida Cabrera, Cebu City

Noel Tambalan
Our Lady of Joy Learning Center, Cebu
Rene Pineda
Victoria Segovia
Partnership for Clean Air
Atty. Gloria Estenzo-Ramos
Philippine Earth Justice Center
Isagani Serrano
Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement

Aijhen Lopez
SK Federation Malabon City

Ben Galindo
Belen de Guzman
Sagip Pasig Movement
Bro. Martin Francisco,
Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society, Inc.
Joyet Castor
SamahangMulingPagkabuhayMulti Purpose
Cooperative, Smokey Mountain, Tondo, Manila

Caloocan City

Jonathan Cruz
SanlakasSugbo, Cebu

Shoreline KabalikatsaKinabukasan, Inc.,
Naic, Cavite

Rey Palacio

Teachers Dignity Coalition, Cebu

Allan Tanjusay
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines

Johanna Bagacay
University of San Carlos, Banilad, Cebu



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