First full BPA-free baby product range gets CANSA’s approval

Nuby’s Natural Touch™ range, (exclusively distributed by Akacia in Southern Africa) is the first full BPA-free baby product range endorsed by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).  The product range qualified for the CANSA Smart Choice Seal – recognising Nuby as a CANSA Smart Choice.

“Over the past three years CANSA has studied the pro- and anti-Bisphenol A (BPA) scientific evidence and is convinced that BPA, which is hormonally active, poses a threat to human health - specifically by increasing the risk of breast or prostate cancer,” explains  CANCA CEO, Sue Janse van Rensburg. In order to reduce this increased risk CANSA advocates replace polycarbonate Baby Bottles containing BPA with BPA-free bottles.

Some baby bottles contain a chemical called Bisphenol-A (BPA) that migrates into milk and other fluids, especially when heated or micro-waved. BPA can interfere with a baby's hormonal development and has been linked to a host of serious health problems in later life, including childhood obesity, premature puberty, erectile dysfunction and even breast cancer. Children under three years of age are more susceptible to BPA because their brains are still forming, they lack the enzymes to inactivate BPA and they eat ten times more per day per body weight than adults do.  
This is why the use of BPA in products like baby bottles has already been banned in Canada, France, Denmark, China, Malaysia and the European Union and why CANSA is campaigning for South Africa to follow suit.

“We’re proud to be able to provide the children of South Africa with a range of high quality, safe and BPA-free products and it’s our privilege to have the Nuby Natural Touch™ product range endorsed by CANSA.  Our partnership with CANSA is very special - the association allows Akacia to fulfil part of its social responsibility programme by making a direct and indirect nominal contribution towards the many health care challenges, including the fight against cancer faced by our country” says Akacia CEO, Yaseen Bhayat.

Michael Ariel President of International sales for Nuby, adds “We’re very pleased to receive this recognition, as we’ve been at the forefront of keeping babies safe no matter what. As the first company to offer a full range of BPA-free dummies, and of course bottles and cups, as well as having every product phthalates and PVC-free - we continue to champion safe feeding products in all 150+ countries in which we are present.”

Nuby has over 75 patents worldwide and was the first baby product manufacturer to ban PVC and BPA products from its ranges. Made from medical silicone, the Natural Touch product range is a premium, affordable product with a soft feel and natural shape – and most importantly – it’s safe for your baby.

“We play an important ‘watchdog’ role for South Africans by advocating safe products that reduce their cancer risk and join hands with partners that take the responsibility of South Africans' health seriously,” Janse van Rensburg concludes. Don’t gamble with your child’s future – make sure it’s BPA-free.

(For more information, please contact Lucy Balona, Executive Manager: Marketing and Communication at CANSA or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 011 616 7662 or cell: 082 459 5230.  Or visit or call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


CANSA offers a unique integrated service to the public and all people affected by cancer. As a leading role-player in cancer research (R5 million spent annually), the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.

Our wide-reaching health programme includes prevention and education campaigns, CANSA Care Centres that offer stoma and lymphoedema clinics, medical equipment hire, toll-free line and support to children and their families affected by cancer. Patient care and support in the form of 13 CANSA Care Lodges and the main metropolitan areas plus one hospitium (based in Polokwane) for out-of-town cancer patients as well as CANSA-TLC Lodging for paediatric oncology parents.

Who is Akacia HealthCare?

Akacia is a leading South African BEE broad based healthcare company specialising in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of pharmaceutical, medical, surgical and consumer health products.  It employs approximately 500 people and has three manufacturing facilities dedicated to its businesses that operates through the following divisions:

  • Akacia Pharma
  • Akacia Medical
  • Akacia Surgical
  • Akacia Consumer

Who is Nuby?

At Nûby™ we strive for excellence in every product we make.  Since the 1970’s we have been dedicated to providing high quality, innovative products that are inspired by nature and make feeding babies easier and safer. Today Nûby™ is distributed in over 150+ countries around the world and has been loved by millions of families worldwide for the last 40 years.  Our continuous investment in research, design, innovation and intellectual property protection keeps the brand at the forefront of technology and design ensuring, it is the fastest growing baby brand worldwide.

Nuby Natural Touch

Nûby™, the #1 choice for babies and toddlers worldwide, has successfully launched Nûby™ Natural Touch™, a newborn range that offers premium BPA FREE products from bump to baby.  The range has been expertly designed to help and support parents in the early stages of baby’s development and offers the most natural solutions to breast and bottle feeding. Nûby™ Natural Touch™ is inspired by nature and this revolutionary newborn range is dedicated to making parenthood easier. It offers simple step solutions at key stages, ensuring parents have everything they need for the development of their baby while always making the natural choice.  Specializing in breast feeding, bottle feeding, soothing, teething, sterilizing and independent drinking, Nûby™ manufacturers to the highest quality standards, sets global trends and has earned accreditations and awards globally,  But more importantly, Nûby™ is also trusted by the #1 experts – parents. The range is completely BPA FREE, a feat which Nûby™ has pioneered worldwide.

BPA Policy - Nuby Natural Touch?

BPA POLICY: -There are many scientific studies that have been carried out concerning BPA levels in plastic polycarbonate bottles considered to be harmful, so we have decided to remove BPA from all of our products to ELIMINATE ANY RISK or DOUBT and offer parents the SAFEST option.