Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve
heard about the controversy over plastic bottles, such as water bottles.
The culprit is Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to produce various types
of plastics and epoxy resins. Though plastics manufacturers and the Food
and Drug Administration contend BPA is not harmful, many disagree, arguing
that BPA leaches into foods and liquids and can cause detrimental hormonal
changes, including early puberty and cancer. Consumers have been urged
to stop drinking bottled water, toss their Nalgene water bottles, and
stop eating canned foods (the lining of the cans contain BPA).
The BPA issue is now affecting manufacturers of baby bottles. According to an
October 14, 2008, article in the Los Angeles Times, attorneys general from three states–Connecticut,
New Jersey, and Delaware–mailed letters to nearly a dozen manufacturers
of infant bottles and baby food and formula containers, urging them to
eliminate BPA in their production process. In September 2008 the Journal
of the American Medical Association provided information from a study
that linked BPA with heart disease and diabetes, but the FDA continues
to assert that there isn’t enough conclusive evidence to prove that
current BPA exposure poses health risks. The Canadian government, however,
announced plans to limit the allowable amount of BPA used in the manufacture
of baby bottles.