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Canadian Stores Stop Sale of Baby Bottles after Health Warning

April 21, 2008 01:41 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The National Toxicology Program issued a report saying there is concern about the safety of bisphenol A, found in many plastics, including baby bottles.

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Health Canada may ban bisphenol A, a chemical it has labeled dangerous, from baby bottles, according to the Associated Press. Large retailers in Canada have already begun taking bottles made with BPA from store shelves there.

The country’s action comes on the heels of an announcement by the United States’ National Toxicology Program that there is “some concern” that low levels of BPA, which is commonly found in hard plastic, could be harmful to young children and fetuses, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Anila Jacobs, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, told the Times the study “reflects a significant body of science showing that BPA may play a larger role than previously thought in a host of common health problems, including prostate cancer, breast cancer and early puberty.”

BPA is found in hard plastic baby bottles and the lining of some food containers. When the plastics are heated, the chemical can come out of the plastic and go into the food or liquids. Using glass containers or avoiding food cartons with BPA can help keep it out of the body.

The new report has left some, like Julie Deardorff, a mother of two, wondering “what now?” Others think the BPA fears and the Canadian governments’ actions are overblown.

Even before the NTP report, some researchers were exploring whether BPA could be linked to obesity.

Headline Links: ‘Chemical in Plastic May Harm Human Growth’

Reference: National Toxicology Program report

Reactions: ‘Now they tell us,’ and ‘government is overreacting’

Related: Plastics and a link to obesity?

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