Posts Tagged ‘BPA’

FDA concerned about BPA, chemical used in plastics

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

plastic-baby-bottleThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expressed concerns about BPA, a chemical used in plastics. BPA is used to make plastics clear, strong and hard to break. Some baby bottles, dishes and toys contain this chemical. BPA stands for bisphenol A.

Some studies have linked BPA to developmental problems in the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and young children.

The FDA and other organizations are conducting in-depth studies about BPA. Until we have more answers, the FDA has several recommendations for parents, including:

* If plastic baby bottles and infant cups contain BPA, discard them if they have scratches.

* Do not put boiling or very hot liquids, such as formula, into plastic bottles or containers that contain BPA.

* Read the label to see if a plastic container is dishwasher safe. Don’t put it in the dishwasher unless it is.

Plastic products for babies are now available that do not contain BPA.

Top baby bottle makers stop using BPA

Friday, March 13th, 2009

baby-bottlesI read an interesting article in the Washington Post recently about the safety of baby bottles.  It says that the six largest manufacturers of baby bottles (Avent, Disney First Years, Dr. Brown, Evenflow, Gerber, and Playtex) will stop selling bottles in the United States made with bisphenol A, also known as BPA. This action comes in response to a request from the Attorneys General of Connecticut, Delaware and New Jersey asking them to voluntarily stop using the controversial chemical, particularly since substitutes for it are available.

You can read a bit more about chemicals in plastics on our website and in a previous post.

New research on BPA has brought up some concerns and the FDA currently is reviewing it’s position on the safety of BPA.  We’ll let you know when the FDA makes a decision about the use of this chemical. In the meantime, it’s nice to read that manufacturers are taking what appears to be a positive step toward keeping our children healthy.

Chemicals and plastics: What’s a mom to do?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Is it just me? Is anyone else getting more and more confused about bisphenol A (BPA)? This chemical is used to make hard plastics. It’s found in some food containers, including baby bottles.

According to The New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration stated this week that BPA does not pose a health risk. But earlier this month, the National Toxicology Program was concerned about BPA’s possible effect on the brains, behavior and prostate glands of unborn babies, infants and children.

It’s not unusual for scientists to disagree. Sometimes it takes a while to do the research studies and to figure out what they mean. Sometimes the research just isn’t clear. That’s what’s happening with BPA.

What’s a parent to do in the midst of this confusion? The March of Dimes article Plastics and Babies provides more info and tips about what you can do.

Image: ammichaels, Flickr

Plastics and babies: Is there a risk?

Friday, September 5th, 2008

We live in a plastic world: bottles, toys, jewelry, telephones, furniture, remote controls, and on and on.

Plastics are made from chemicals. One of those chemicals is bisphenol A (BPA), which makes plastics clear, strong and hard to break. BPA is used in many products, including baby bottles, food containers and water bottles.

Scientists are debating whether or not bisphenol A is safe for children’s health. Various scientfic groups have reviewed the research and come to different conclusions.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) recently released a report about bisphenol A. NTP expressed some concern about the possible effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will host an expert meeting on BPA in September.

Meanwhile, what’s a mommy to do? To learn how some parents are responding, read Plastics and Babies on the March of Dimes Web site.