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Nalgene Maker Sued over Possible Toxin in Plastic Bottles

April 25, 2008 01:33 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A consumer has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Nalgene water bottles over the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in the company’s hard plastic bottles.

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Lani Felix-Lozano, a California mother, is seeking unspecified damages in her suit against Nalge Nunc International Corp., maker of Nalgene bottles. Studies have linked BPA to hormone disruptions, and a National Toxicology Program report agrees there is “some concern” about BPA’s effect on fetus and infant brains.

In Discover Magazine, Jill Neimark writes that the health threat plastics may pose is different from any faced before.

“If plastic harms, it does so by stealth: by mimicking our own hormones, by scrambling signals during development, by stimulating our own pathways excessively. And it may have that power at astonishingly low exposure levels, amounts that by typical toxicological measures look just fine.”

BPA’s prevalence angers some. Aaron Rowe of Wired magazine said it “should have been banned a long time ago, as a precautionary measure, but regulators were asleep at the switch—allowing the chemical industry to run roughshod over them.”

Others predicted the legal system’s involvement. “Soon, we know all too well, will come the plaintiffs’ lawyers to ‘protect’ the public from the non-existent (but lucrative) threats lurking in our plastic bottles,” said Gilbert Ross of the American Council on Science and Health in a Washington Times commentary.

Headline Links: Hard plastic bottle manufacturer sued

Opinion: BPA ‘hysteria’; substance should have been banned long ago

Background: BPA raises concerns for scientists, consumers

Related: Plastics are a part of life

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