Study Popular Baby Bottles May Be Dangerous

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piratesmermaid - February 27

Bottles from Dr. Brown's, Evenflo, Gerber, Playtex contain chemicals known to harm lab animals; industry group defends safety.................. February 27 2007: 8:35 PM EST................................... WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Independent experts convened by the National Inst_tutes of Health will meet next week to review whether exposure to a chemical commonly found in plastic products like food containers and baby bottles causes health problems. Separately, an environmental group said new laboratory tests at the University of Missouri found that the chemical, bisphenol A, leached into liquids at potentially dangerous levels from baby bottles sold by five leading brands. Video More video A Colorado high school is banning a popular energy drink. KKTV's McKenzie Martin reports. (February 22) Play video Bisphenol A, also called BPA, is used in making polycarbonate plastic food and drink packaging. There has been controversy over its safety. Industry views it as harmless. Environmentalists link it to developmental, neural and reproductive harm when ingested. The NIH's National Inst_tute of Environmental Health Sciences will convene a panel of 15 scientists on March 7 to review scientific data and reach conclusions on whether exposure to it causes developmental or reproductive harm, inst_tute spokeswoman Robin Mackar said. Health care spending to double in decade The NIH said studies have indicated the chemical may mimic a natural female s_x hormone, and the upcoming review comes in part due to its widespread human exposure and evidence of reproductive toxicity in animal studies. Mackar said Robert Chapin of Pfizer (Charts) will head the panel of scientists from academia, industry and public health groups. The panel's findings will "not necessarily" be adopted as the views of the government, Mackar said. Rachel Gibson, a lawyer for Los Angeles-based Environment California, said the laboratory tests on bottles from all five brands - Avent, Dr. Brown's, Evenflo, Gerber (Charts) and Playtex (Charts) - were found to leach bisphenol A at amounts known to harm animals in laboratory animal studies. "We're happy to see the federal government revisiting the issue of the safety of bisphenol A," Gibson said. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, an industry trade group, defended the safety of the baby bottles. "Sound and respected scientific research has consistently shown there is no danger to consumers when products are used as intended. Trace levels of Bisphenol A from consumer products are well below any level that could cause harm to adults or to our children," the group said in a statement. "Other scientific studies have shown that BPA has no effect on the reproductive system, no effect on the developmental system and no carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects. Recent reports indicating otherwise are both sensational and biased, and they have not received any validation from the scientific community," the group added.

 

ash2 - February 27

okay, wait a minute....im gonna snopes this one !

 

julieB - February 28

thank you so much.. I only was using Dr. Browns.. thank God my ds is drinking from a cup now.. That is nice to know.

 

Sonny0719 - February 28

Can you post the link where this article is posted?

 

Sonny0719 - February 28

Then again most plastics aren't good...better to use gla__s but who does that?!

 

Cat - February 28

I found it last night on cnnmoney.com, I believe.

 

bradylove - February 28

It's not just baby bottles that have this chemical. So do some sippy cups, plastic toys, s_x toys, etc.... There is much controversy about this...pthalates are another concern.

 

bradylove - February 28

sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/19/TOXICTOYS.TMP ... leave the dash between cgi and bin

 

SuzieQ - February 28

We switched last year as much as we could to gla__s and metal. No more Nalgene bottles or glad containers for us!

 

jwhite - February 28

c___p what do we do?? I use Dr. Brown bottles, what other ones can we use??

 

bradylove - February 28

Evenflo makes gla__s bottles.

 

KLC - February 28

jwhite - we use the Soothie bottles. We have since birth and ds loves them :)

 

jwhite - February 28

So do I switch her now?? These have been a blessing. She eats so well with them. I'm scared to switch her.

 

piratesmermaid - February 28

When we have used bottles, we've used the Soothie as well. But at the same time, they're going to find something eventually in everything. I mean there's something in Christmas tree lights that causes cancer.

 

Cabbie - February 28

I began reading about this with my first child in 1999. I was a research freak and came across this info. This is what I have read about it. It seems from most of what I've read that the chemical is released when the bottle is heated. Also everything I have read pertains to clear bottles not colored bottles. Everything I have read (which is not from the government but activist groups, research, etc. online) has said not to warm up the clear bottles. This has been ongoing at least since 1999 when I first read it. I have always been careful to not heat anything up in the clear plastic Dr Brown bottles. We bought some evenflo pastels to do the heating in. That being said, the info may have changed since then .

 

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