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Apr 23

A few months ago, I read about this worrying news that baby bottle containing the chemical bysphenol A is unsafe. The experts recommended glass bottles. However, it is so hard to find glass bottles. Moreover, to me it is so unsafe because when a baby is of certain age, they love throwing things and I wonder how many glass bottles have been broken to shreds.

Now, they have come up with another new findings. As parents, I do not know what to believe anymore. So, do just read this news found on ConsumerAffairs :

Although parents, consumer groups and many retailers are shunning bisphenol A — commonly called BPA — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has once again asserted that the chemical is safe.

BPA is a “hardening agent,” widely used in baby bottles, canned food and other consumer products. It acts as both a seal to keep contaminants out of canned goods and makes plastics shatterproof.

Its defenders say it makes modern life safer, especially for infants. Its detractors say babies would be safer without it.

The FDA has previously found that the substance was not cause for concern. And now, after revisiting the question, it has come to the same conclusion. An outside committee of experts will study the FDA’s latest findings in September and issue recommendations. But that’s not likely to settle the question.

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Jul 04

This worrying news just hit the headlines. We know that breastfeeding is the most natural and best milk for the baby. And now, there is one more reason to stick to breastfeeding because experts found that the harmful chemicals in plastic baby bottles may harm our babies.

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (Xinhua) — A chemical in plastic packaging such as baby bottles might be harmful to the development of children’s brains and reproductive organs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday.

There is some concern about bisphenol A, or BPA for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children at current human exposures, said a report released by the National Toxicology Program, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

A lot of studies have been done and this is only one of the many news I found on the net regarding the danger hiding in plastic baby bottles.

The report said laboratory rodents exposed to BPA levels similar to human exposure developed precancerous lesions in the prostate and mammary glands. It noted the possibility that BPA may impact human development cannot be dismissed and more research is needed.

The federal institute is the first U.S. government agency to conclude that low levels of BPA could be harmful to humans, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Some scientists suspect that exposure to BPA early in life might disrupt hormones and induce gene mutation which increases risks for infants or children of developing breast or prostate cancer, premature female puberty, attention deficit disorders and other reproductive or neurological disorders later in life.

Please read the full news from Xinhua at this URL
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-04/16/content_7988756.htm

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