According to a new report released this week, bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical, is leaching out of six major bottles...
According to a new report released this week, bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical, is leaching out of six major bottles sold in the U.S. and Canada. These include bottles made by Avent, Disney/The First Years, Dr. Brown’s, Evenflo, Gerber and Playtex from retailers Babies 'R' Us, CVS, Target, Toys 'R' Us, Walgreens and Wal-Mart. According to the release I received, "Tests found these popular bottle brands leach levels of bisphenol A (5-8 parts per billion) when heated." The problem with bisphenol A? "[It's a] developmental, neural and reproductive toxicant that mimics estrogen and can interfere with healthy growth and body function. Animal studies demonstrate that the chemical causes damage to reproductive, neurological and immune systems during critical stages of development, such as infancy and in the womb." Wow, not something you'd like your baby to have. In the past, tests surrounding the damage from this chemical have been animal-based, but now, scientists are currently noticing that humans may experience similar damage to their health. "Studies conducted on laboratory animals and cell cultures show that BPA is linked to obesity, diabetes, breast cancer and other illnesses, even at low doses." The goal of the warning, according to the research, suggests that...
  • Manufacturers and retailers should immediately phase out use of BPA-containing baby bottles in favor of available, safer products.
  • States should act quickly to adopt policies to protect consumers and restrict BPA use in all food and beverage containers, including those intended for use by infants and children.
  • Champions at all levels of government should work to reform America's outdated chemical policies that are failing to protect Americans from chemicals already on the market.
This is not actually new news, though. If you follow the eco (or green) movement, you will have heard about this before. Two summers ago, the Green Guide (a great read, by the way) had an article about this subject. To learn more, take a look at the alert about this chemical from Consumer Reports or another good read (also not new) from Environment California, which looks at the amount of the chemical leaching from bottle brands.

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