Canadians moms better than American moms :P

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Jenn - posted on 03/05/2011

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Well, not quite. I think what she means is that the US is more likely to allow a product to go to market quite quickly, and then the people are sort of like guinea pigs - then suddenly they realize the product is potentially harmful so they pull it off the shelf. Canada wouldn't have allowed the product on the shelf in the first place. However, sometimes after more testing (and the US citizens continuing to be the guinea pigs), we will then stamp the product as OK. It's not that WE are using them as our testers - but their own government is and we will use the results of that in our own data to come to a decision.

Jenn - posted on 03/05/2011

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I don't think she was saying it's a bad thing - she was saying it's a good thing. It has nothing to do with our population size - it has to do with more strict regulations and testing procedures. Many drugs ARE tested in Canada.

Amanda - posted on 03/05/2011

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BPA is still in can goods because it is only dangerous when it is heated up, that is when leaching happens. Ie warm formula in a bottle, or water bottles left in cars (NEVER DRINK THOSE!!). Also BPA is suppose to be removed from all tupperware, or any food container that can go into a micorwave. Stop buying dollar store containers unless they are glass (dollar stores are china items and they do not follow our regulations).

No way does our government regulations make us better mothers. We have a law here that you can NOT smoke and drive with a child under 16 in your car, or an empty car seat in your car, yet I see mothers and fathers doing it ALL the time!

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BPA doesn't just leach into food when its heated up, high acidic foods like canned tomatoes can break it down too...

Rosie - posted on 03/06/2011

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just to clarify a little bit, while it's not banned here in the US, you'd be hard pressed to find a baby product with it in it. most baby stuff manufactures (sp?) have voluntarily taken it out of their stuff.

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I'm not sure if it's true or not, Jenn, but I can see the ban including empty car seats. Third hand smoke is nasty and very harmful.

Jenn - posted on 03/05/2011

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I'm pretty sure the smoking ban has nothing to do with an empty car seat - it's only if kids are present in the vehicle.

Jenni - posted on 03/05/2011

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Well yeah, that's what I would think... we wouldn't allow the US to be the "guinea pigs" and if it passes there, then it passes here. We'd have to do our own tests/studies, like I said.

Jenni - posted on 03/05/2011

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@Rebecca and thoroughly testing drugs and other products before they are released to the public, is a bad thing?



I wonder if it's to do with manpower? Something to do with our pop only being 30 mil and that States being closer to 300 mil. I'd think considering all the millions of products needing to be tested it takes a small country like ours longer to accomplish that feat.



Another question: considering we have different food/drug policies, just because something passes in the US it wouldn't necessarily pass over here. So would we have to do our own testing/study on the product anyways?

(curious)

Stifler's - posted on 03/04/2011

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HMM. I live in Australia and all the plastic stuff you buy for babies has NO BPA blasting from the corner of the packaging.

Mrs. - posted on 03/04/2011

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Hmm...having lived in both places for long periods of time..perhaps I am a half and half BPA mom.

The Canadian government has it's faults as well. It is not perfect, nor is the American. On this stuff though, sometimes Canada is quicker to ban harmful substances and slower to okay drugs/other things until American have been the guinea pigs for a bit. It's just a difference on priorities, culture, law making and size of population/industry.

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I think it would be unfair to say that we Canadians are better moms than Americans... there are far more americans than Canadians... which means there are probably more bad moms in the States than here in Canada. I also must say that most Americans that have made put their two cents in on my posts seem to be a little more blunt then I ever would have been! On that note Canada ROCKS!!

Jocelyn - posted on 03/04/2011

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I know that.
I just assumed that the US would have followed suit with their baby products, tis all

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canada still has bpa too jocelyn, it was only banned from baby related items, not our food packaging.

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BPA needs to be banned completely, its in canned food, thats the main place it should be removed from. The plastic film that is between the can and the food...BPA. Its also in the tops of jarred food, the lids have a thin plastic film on the top of the bottle.

Rosie - posted on 03/04/2011

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the title is misleading, lol. canadians government is HELLA better, yes.do i think they have better moms because of it? yes. :)

Krista - posted on 03/04/2011

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We're not better than American moms, we just happen to live in a place that values our role as mom more, rather than in a place that dismisses our role.

Exactamundo. Canada just has much more family-friendly policies, which makes it EASIER to be a mom here. That doesn't make us better moms, though. It just means that as a society, Canadians have different priorities -- we're happy to help each other and to help our society. Americans society is a lot more individualistic. Which can definitely have its benefits. But it also has some drawbacks.

Isobel - posted on 03/04/2011

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United States lawmakers have taken the first steps toward banning the use of a toxic chemical blamed for causing developmental problems in children from baby bottles and other beverage containers.

Two bills have been introduced into the House of Representatives and the Senate to establish a federal ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in all food and beverage containers. The legislation has not yet been debated or subjected to a vote.
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Evidently it's not :\

Jenn - posted on 03/04/2011

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I think the title of the article is misleading and a bit of an insult, however, it does make a good point in what the 2 different governments place importance on.

Jenni - posted on 03/04/2011

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I was pregnant with my son when they banned BPA. I hadn't heard about it yet and I went to shop for bottles and the shelves were cleared!!! You couldn't find bottles anywhere for quite a few months!

I'm still weary about purchasing plastic products. All my bottles are glass.



And I agree, I don't see how our policies make us better moms.

Katherine - posted on 03/04/2011

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I thought it was funny too. We have mostly banned BPA here. So not sure where that's coming from. Unless it was previously in our blood....I'm sure we have a ton of pesticides. And like the blogger said you guys get better benefits.

Tara - posted on 03/04/2011

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LOL, I don't know how it makes us any better, we're not the ones who made the BPA ban. It was our policy makers, so really the title of the article should read
"Canadian Policy Makers care more about people than policy makers in America."

That is astounding though that they have twice the levels of BPA in their blood. Freaky. I wonder what the difference in pesticide use or hormones in our food etc. would show.
We're not better than American moms, we just happen to live in a place that values our role as mom more, rather than in a place that dismisses our role.

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