Baby Bottle BPA Bye Bye


Today’s heartening public health news from WebMD:

The top six makers of baby bottles in the U.S. have agreed
to stop using the polycarbonate plastic chemical bisphenol
A
(BPA) in their bottles…

The FDA is studying bisphenol A, but hasn’t issued any warnings about BPA in
baby bottles or other consumer products.

But the National Toxicology Program issued a
report
last year that includes “some concern” about BPA’s possible
effects on the brain, prostate gland, and on behavior in fetuses, infants, and
children, and “minimal concern” for effects on the mammary gland and an
earlier age for female puberty in fetuses, infants, and children.

Read MoJo‘s Plastic Panic investigation for a primer on BPA.

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