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.