Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Major Baby Bottle Companies Agree to Stop Using BPA

The six largest baby bottle manufacturers (Avent, Disney First Years, Dr. Brown, Evenflow, Gerber, and Playtex) will stop selling bottles in the U.S. that are made using bisphenol A (BPA). This came in response to a call from the attorneys general in Delaware, Connecticut, and New Jersey. The attorneys generals wrote to the bottle makers asking them to voluntarily stop using the chemical since there are substitutes available.

BPA is a controversial chemical widely used in plastics and is being increasingly linked to a range of health effects. It is reported that the chemical mimics the hormone estrogen. It may disrupt the body's endocrine system, and can interfere with cell function, especially in fetuses, infants, and young children.

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