chemical in plastic bottles 'poisoning us' - safe plastic drinking bottles
A leading toxicology scientist believes that stricter regulations are needed to prevent chemicals from leaking from ordinary plastic beverage bottles and packaging into the human body.
Ian Shaw, professor of toxicology at the University of Canterbury, said it is critical to reduce the chemical BPA in the diet of New Zealanders.
In the amniotic fluid test of blood, urine and even protecting the fetus overseas, BPA has been found to enter the body from food and beverage containers.
These chemicals are related to health issues, including reduced sperm count in men, early puberty in girls, and increased incidence of breast and testosterone --
Countries such as the United States, Britain and Canada have been wary of potential risks.
"We know that we are getting more and more exposed to these chemicals, and we know that we are becoming more and more vulnerable to these strange effects in sexual development," said Professor Xiao . ".
"They seem to be connected.
"The food safety agency says BPA is safe as long as it does not exceed the acceptable daily intake.
John Reeve, chief toxicology consultant at NZFSA, said the issues were theoretical issues and there was no data.
The authority is now awaiting the results of a new study commissioned by its US counterparts.
But this uncertainty has frustrated a New Zealand businessman.
Mark Ward, owner of Extreme gear, imported bottles containing BPA from North America for less than the normal price of 85.
When he found out that they were not popular in Canada due to BPA-related health effects, he sought guidance from NZFSA.
"I don't think we're from our so-
It is called an expert in this country, "said Mr Ward.
"I find it difficult to find a credible source to tell it is like this.
People who are willing to stand up and say they are dangerous now.