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Baby Bottles Contaminated by Toxic Plastics Chemical, According to New U.S. and Canadian Study

Friday, February 1, 2008 General News J E 4
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Teleconference announcing results of new study, "Baby's Toxic Bottle:Bisphenol A Leaching from Popular Baby Bottles"

Environmental health organizations in the U.S. and Canada are calling foran immediate moratorium on the use of bisphenol A in food and beveragecontainers, based on the results of a new study that demonstrates the toxicchemical bisphenol A (BPA) leaches from plastic baby bottles when heated.

Bisphenol A, originally developed as a synthetic sex hormone, is now usedto make hard polycarbonate plastic.

"The only appropriate response to evidence that a known toxic chemicalleaches from baby products is to phase it out for healthier alternativesalready on the market," said Mike Schade, a report co-author with the Centerfor Health, Environment and Justice. "Environmental health groups from acrossthe U.S. are calling for an immediate moratorium on the use of BPA in food andbeverage containers, including baby bottles."

Studies conducted on laboratory animals and cell cultures show that BPA islinked to obesity, diabetes, breast cancer and other illness, even at lowdoses. Scientists, physicians, and public health professionals suspect thatexisting scientific evidence on BPA indicates a very real risk to humanhealth./NEWS ADVISORY -- EMBARGOED UNTIL FEBRUARY 7, 2008/ Groups Call for Immediate Moratorium on Bisphenol A in Baby Bottles, Food and Beverage Containers

SOURCE Center for Health Environment and Justice
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