NEWS:PUTTING AN END TO BPA A USE IN BABY BOTTLES
Canada has already put ban to the sale and advertising of plastic baby bottles that contain the chemical Bisphenol A,now Attorney Generals in three states in the United States are asking for the same ban.VIA REPORTNEWS:Attorneys general from three states are asking 11 companies that make baby bottles and baby formula containers to no longer use the chemical bisphenol A.The letters signed by attorneys general from Connecticut, New Jersey and Delaware call the chemical, known as BPA, potentially harmful to infants.
“I am alarmed by recent studies confirming that BPA leaches from these products into the foods they hold,” Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in the letters. “The preventable release of a toxic chemical directly into the food we eat is unconscionable and intolerable.”
Letters were sent today to baby bottle manufacturers Avent America, Disney First Years, Gerber, Handicraft, Playtex Products and Evenflo, and formula makers Abbott, Mead Johnson, PBM Products, Nature’s One and Wyeth.
The federal Food and Drug Administation, which has the power to ban or limit use of BPA in food containers and medical devices, has not recommended any change in consumer habits. Last month, the agency issued tips to avoid consumer exposure, including avoiding plastic containers imprinted with the recycling number ‘7,’ as many of those contain BPA, or avoiding warming food in such containers.
Several states are considering restricting BPA use, and some manufacturers have begun promoting BPA-free baby bottles.