Big baby bottle news this week

bpa-glass-bottles.jpgBisphenol A (BPA), a risky compound in hard, clear polycarbonate plastics such as baby bottles and sippy cups, finally received official U.S. government scrutiny.

On Tuesday, the U.S. government’s National Toxicology Program agreed with a scientific panel that recently expressed concern about physiological changes that occur in people when they ingest BPA that has leached from plastics into their food or drink. Read more here.

The Canadian government is even considering declaring the chemical toxic.

Exposure to high levels of BPA increases one’s risk of developing uterine fibroids, breast cancer, decreased sperm counts, and prostate cancer. Babies and children at greatest risk from the exposure. The NTF report found that the scientific evidence warrants “a higher level of concern than those expressed by the expert [scientific] panel for possible effects of bisphenol A on prostate gland, mammary gland and early onset of puberty in exposed fetuses, infants and children.

Do we need any more reason to ban of BPA from plastic baby bottles, water bottles and food containers?

At the very least, maybe Target and company will start carrying and promoting more BPA-free bottles and sippy cups like BornFree. Meanwhile, click here for a guide to more BPA-free plastics.

Find out everything you need to know about BPA in bottles by clicking here and here. For info on how to limit your exposure to BPA, click here.

UPDATE 4/18: Wal-Mart and Nalgene pull BPA-bottles from shelves.

UPDATE 4/21 Playtex pledges to phase out BPA bottles

UPDATE 4/21 Toys-R-Us plans to phase out BPA bottles

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