Concerns Linger Over BPA Contaminated Baby Bottles
September 3, 2008
The Department of Health and Human Services today released a final report on the safety of bisphenol-A, or BPA, which is a chemical used in plastic baby bottles. The report says government experts have “some concern” that BPA is linked to health and developmental problems. Although the government report released today does not say BPA should be banned, it says more research is necessary to understand how the chemical affects human health.
BPA, which is a chemical that mimics the hormone estrogen, makes plastic hard and shatterproof, and is used in hundreds of consumer products from plastic baby bottles to CDs. According to a recent government report developed by a group of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Institutes of Health (NIH), very low doses of BPA cause profound effects on laboratory animals, particularly during pregnancy and infancy. BPA can also permanently rewire genetic programming before birth.
The federal National Toxicology Program (NTP) said experiments on rats found precancerous tumors, urinary tract problems, and early puberty when animals were fed or injected with low doses of BPA. However, according to NTP director Dr. John Bucher, “There remains considerable uncertainty whether the changes seen in the animal studies are directly applicable to humans, and whether they would result in clear adverse health effects. But we have concluded that the possibility that BPA may affect human development cannot be dismissed.”
The recent link between BPA and serious side effects has given rise to several lawsuits. For example, in April 2008, what is believed to be the first consumer class action lawsuit over BPA in consumer products was filed against Nalge Nunc International Corporation. The plaintiff, Lani Felix-Lozano, claims Nalge Nunc knew, but failed to adequately warn consumers of the risk that BPA could leach out of its Nalgene sports bottles into the bottles’ contents and make consumers sick.
Additionally, in May 2008, an Arkansas woman filed a federal lawsuit against Playtex Products, accusing the baby bottle maker of using bisphenol-A in its baby products. The lawsuit against Playtex seeks nationwide class action status to represent what it says are thousands of people who bought plastic baby bottles containing BPA. The lawsuit also claims that Playtex failed to adequately disclose that its plastic bottle products are made with BPA.
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