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Are Some Baby Bottles Harmful?

By February 27, 2007

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Recent research from the University of Missouri found that some plastic baby bottles contain a potentially harmful chemical that could leach from the plastic into some liquids. The chemical, bisphenol A or BPA, is known to cause developmental, neural and reproductive harm in lab animals. The University of Missouri tests showed potentially harmful levels of BPA in baby bottles from popular manufacturers including Avent, Dr. Brown's, Gerber, Evenflo and Playtex. A group of experts chosen by the National Institutes of Health will convene next week to review available data and decide whether exposure to the chemical via a baby bottle or food packaging puts humans at risk for health problems.

The largest baby products industry group, JPMA, disagrees that baby bottles would leach chemicals in a way that would harm babies. In a media statement, JPMA called the latest study results sensational and biased, saying that the research has not yet received any validation from the scientific community. "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," JPMA said in the statement.
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May 22, 2007 at 11:34 am
(1) amanda says:

Kind of scary to think that my 8 months old son has used 3 out of the 4 named bottle brands. Are the companies going to come out with more glass bottle products?

May 22, 2007 at 11:34 am
(2) amanda says:

Kind of scary to think that my 8 months old son has used 3 out of the 4 named bottle brands. Are the companies going to come out with more glass bottle products?

August 27, 2007 at 9:05 am
(3) Paula says:

Yes I am worried as I have used these bottles and also a microwave steriliser, which I read makes the plastic break down even more. Also if you put the bottles in the dishwasher.

November 28, 2007 at 9:02 am
(4) pete says:

From another article on this site:Other studies subjected Lexan bottles to brutal conditions to see whether they would actually leach bisphenol A.

The bulk of the research found that no to minimal leaching was produced, far below strict safety standards.

Don’t get sucked in by the hysteria.

December 9, 2007 at 11:04 am
(5) Chances says:

Hysteria or not, the FDA’s standards have time and time again proven to be harmful in more cases than id rather think about. Even if these are’nt necessarily harmful, taking a chance with children seems to be a dangerous road to traverse and one id prefer to avoid.

December 9, 2007 at 11:06 am
(6) P.S. says:

There could hardly be more contrast in these two perspectives. One, based on firm conviction but no data, asserts that there is no effect of bisphenol-A in baby bottles, because none has been observed scientifically and because one part per billion of BPA is “too low” an exposure level to have biological effects. The other, based on simple, undisputed scientific facts, notes that polycarbonate bottles can expose babies to unimaginably large numbers of molecules of an estrogen-like chemical, several times a day. We must ask, on what basis can we presume that such exposure has no biological effects? What if “low-level” exposure is not intrinsically “safe;” what if, instead, our inability to measure effects has created an illusion of safety? In short, a precautionary risk assessment in this case would emphasize not the lack of concrete data showing harm in babies exposed to 1 ppb of BPA in their formula, but rather would recognize that 1 ppb is not necessarily a “low” exposure. It would assess the difficulties of knowing whether or not the quadrillions of molecules a baby ingests daily have any harmful effects on the tiny consumer’s developing systems.

December 10, 2007 at 9:25 am
(7) jeanett says:

AS A YOUNG MOTHER I WANTED TO KNOW IF THE AVENT BOTTLES ARE AT RISK?

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