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BPA Bottle Safety

It’s time to kick the bottle. Based on mounting evidence, regulatory agencies are finally sounding the alarm about bisphenol-As (BPAs) in plastic drinking bottles. Smart parents are abandoning plastic baby bottles and sippy cups (along with their own bright polycarbonate water bottles), based on recent report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP), noting that BPAs could impact children’s developing breasts and prostates, hasten puberty and affect children’s behavior.

Bisphenol-A is a toxic chemical found in polycarbonate plastic and the resinous lining of cans used for canned food. Hard, translucent plastic that is marked #7 is probably polycarbonate.

Although DallasChild has had its finger on this issue for some time now (see BPA Hazards in Plastic Bottles), and Canada is already into the process of regulating BPAs, American agencies are behind the curve on warning parents of the potential dangers of BPAs.

Fortunately, manufacturers are picking up on the concerns. Nalgene (the maker of colorful polycarbonate drinking bottles) and Playtex have announced they will stop using BPAs. Toys ‘R’ Us will stop selling polycarbonate baby bottles in the United States and Canada early next year, and Wal-Mart has called an immediate halt to Canadian polycarbonate food and baby item sales.

This article was originally published in May 2008.