MEC responds to inquiries about polycarbonate products

Friday, 07 December 2007
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MEC LogoInconclusive science and regulatory uncertainty presently surrounds bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic chemical that is a 'building block' of polycarbonate plastic. For these reasons, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has stopped selling polycarbonate water bottles and food containers until guidance is provided by the Government of Canada on the potential health risks posed by BPA. MEC's deliberations on this matter will be guided by the risk assessment of BPA that is currently underway through the federal government's Chemicals Management Plan.
MEC LogoVANCOUVER, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Inconclusive science and regulatory uncertainty presently surrounds bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic chemical that is a 'building block' of polycarbonate plastic. For these reasons, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has stopped selling polycarbonate water bottles and food containers until guidance is provided by the Government of Canada on the potential health risks posed by BPA. MEC's deliberations on this matter will be guided by the risk assessment of BPA that is currently underway through the federal government's Chemicals Management Plan.

MEC has followed the BPA issue closely for at least three years. The move to stop selling polycarbonate water bottles and food containers was an internal decision that is consistent with our commitment to being a responsible retailer. To that end, our product offering presently includes functional alternatives to many of the polycarbonate products that we have now stopped selling.


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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