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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Baby Bottles and Bisphenol A

Even heard of bisphenol A?

It's an organic compound used to harden clear plastics in, among other things, thermoses, food containers, sippy cups and baby bottles.  As of today, Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass), and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced legislation to ban BPA from all food and beverage containers.  BPA has been used for half a century, in what were considered safe doses; but recent studies have linked it with early onset of puberty, obesity, breast cancer, brain disorders, heart disease and diabetes.  Canada banned the sale of BPA baby bottles last October; and in the US, bottles have been given BPA-free labels lately.  Attorney Generals from Connecticut, Delaware and New Jersey have asked 6 major baby bottle manufacturers--Avent, Disney First Years, Gerber, Dr Brown, Playtex and Evenflow--to stop using BPA, and they've agreed.

Contemporary Pediatrics: No more BPA in baby bottles

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