state warns on bottles with bpa - stainless steel water bottles
Public health officials in Massachusetts warned parents yesterday to avoid storing baby formula or breast milk in plastic bottles containing double phenol.
And urge pregnancy or breastfeeding
Feeding women to avoid chemicals that are common in other food and beverage containers.
The warning came after a year-long exhaustive review of controversial chemicals found in products from baby bottles to canned food liners.
Studies of experimental animals suggest that BPA may increase the risk of developmental problems in some fetus and young children.
When children and adults drink from cups or eat from containers made of BPA, they can consume a small amount of chemicals.
Massachusetts was one of the first states to warn consumers, although it did not go deep into the state of Connecticut, which prohibits the inclusion of this chemical in infant formula milk powder and baby food cans and cans, and reusable food and beverage containers sold in the state.
They're half of them.
More than a dozen state or local governments have taken steps to protect the public from BPA without decisive federal action.
"We are very concerned about this and we want to warn the public," said Suzanne Condon, director of the National Environmental Health Bureau . ".
She said the most "consistent" scientific evidence about the potential harm of BPA is concentrated on young children.
"It seems inappropriate for us to sit down and not do anything.
The US Food and Drug Administration (fda), which has long claimed that biphenol a is safe, is now conducting more in-depth research on this chemical and will update the situation on August.
According to a spokesman for the agency.
Many manufacturers have voluntarily replaced BPA in products from baby bottles to drinking water containers-
And some stores like Wal-Mart.
Mart and CVS have agreed to stop carrying some children's supplies made with BPA.
Despite this, many products containing BPA can still be found in the store, including some clear hard plastic beverage bottles, as well as liquid baby formula milk powder, soup and soda cans.
For a long time, double phenol a has been used to strengthen plastic beverage bottles to prevent corrosion and improve the shelf life of canned products.
For parents of children under 2 years of age, the state's warning is accurate: avoid transparency (
Clear or colored)
Recycling a plastic container or baby bottle numbered 7 with a letter PC (
It represents polycarbonate);
Use glass or stainless steel instead.
If plastic is still being used, parents should avoid heating these containers as this increases the release of chemicals.
They should also wash the containers by hand with warm water and soap instead of putting them in the dishwasher.
Pregnant or nursing women
Feeding should also eat or cook fresh or frozen products, rather than canned foods that may contain BPA, to reduce fetal or infant exposure to this chemical, Condon said.
Environmental health advocates praised the country's warning, but said it was not enough.
They want state public health officials to use their power to ban the use of BPA in all children's products sold in Massachusetts.
"While this is an important first step, the warning will not adequately protect the population of Massachusetts, especially developing children," said Mia Davis, BPA coordinator for the Clean Water Action, an environmental advocacy organization.
"Children's products that families want to sell in stores in Massachusetts are BPA-free.
"With the ban in Connecticut and the new warning in the Gulf state, Minnesota, Suffolk County, New York, and Chicago have passed regulations to prevent the sale of BPA bottles, and in some cases, suction cups.
Canada banned the sale of baby bottles containing BPA last year.
The country may ban the use of BPA products in the future, but officials first want to see what the FDA will do, Kang said.
She said the ban requires more time and effort, while she said the public health department of the State Council felt it was important to warn the public.
Many animal studies in recent years have shown that exposure to low levels of BPA in the fetus and young children may lead to developmental problems and may also lead to obesity in later years.
While a large human study linked the concentration of BPA in people's urine to an increase in the incidence of diabetes, heart disease, and liver toxicity, the health impact on adults has not yet been well understood.
There is a study that is particularly jarring because it shows that newborns do not break down chemicals: using computer models, researchers predict that due to enzyme differences between newborns and adults, BPA in the blood of newborns may be 11 times more than in adults.
Bisphenol a can simulate estrogen and is thought to disrupt the endocrine system of the body.
Recent preliminary studies also suggest that BPA may interfere with the efficacy of chemotherapy drugs for breast cancer.
Officials at the US chemical Commission, an industrial and trade organization, said yesterday that biphenol a was harmless and pointed out that 11 national regulators
From America to Japan-
It has recently been concluded that the use of this chemical in consumer goods is safe, including consumer goods for infants and children. In an e-
Spokesman Catherine Murray St.
John said, "suggestions on regulated products should wait for the results of the FDA's review.
"Despite this, the FDA's own scientific advisory board has criticized the agency's officials for relying on industry --
Funded research on declared chemical safety.
Conden's office urges parents to use infant formula, which is not stored in a container containing BPA, but if a child is in a special liquid formula, without consulting their health care providers first, they should not make any changes to the baby's diet.
Although BPA can be found in breast milk, the Condon office stressed that mothers should continue breastfeeding
The most effective way to reduce exposure to BPA in infants is to avoid the use of BPA products while doing so.
Beth Daley can be reached at bdaley @ globe. com.