Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Toxic Baby Bottles

Canada’s largest outdoor goods retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op has shelved the sale of toxic baby bottles. The active compound Bisphenol A has been found to leach into liquid and mimic the hormone estrogen.

We have been aware of this in society since the 1930’s yet companies are still using this in plastics?

Last month, the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy and research organization in the US released a report stating that liquid formula from the nation's top baby formula makers is sold in cans lined with BPA.

Based on a consumer survey of the most popular baby bottle brands on the market, we selected five bottle types to determine the amount of leaching from each bottle. We found that the bottles tested from all five brands leached bisphenol A at levels found to cause harm in numerous laboratory studies, including:

Avent, Dr. Brown’s, Evenflo, Gerber and Playtex.

Parents cannot be expected to know the risks associated with child products - governments should really keep a check on these things after 70 years of scientific understanding.

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