It's not just baby bottles we should be worried about, it is virtually every plastic. And heating food/drink in them isn't the only danger, they still leech out just more so when heated. But also, if they contain anything acidic or containing fat, more will leech out. Plus wear and tear, washing etc can help to weaken them and increase leakage. Some are also hidden in that cans are lined inside with a plastic containing BPA. We have stopped using canned tomatoes now for this very reason. Lets hope our government will finally stop passing the blame and do something about it but not just in regards to baby bottles (you can buy glass baby bottles btw), and that other people will start taking it seriously and cut down on their purchases of plastics and pester manufacturers about what is in their plastic containers.
Plastic bottles can make babies sick
- By Charles Miranda
- From: The Daily Telegraph
- January 11, 2010 12:00AM
HEALTH authorities will come under increasing pressure to ban baby bottles made with a certain chemical after evidence showed they can be harmful and are being withdrawn elsewhere in the world.
The chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is widely used in plastics - particularly food and drink containers as well as food tin linings.
The chemical leaches into the containers' contents when heated.
It has been thought the chemical in tiny doses had posed no real health threat but British scientists have declared "compelling" evidence the chemical is linked to breast cancer, sex hormone imbalances and has adverse health risks to babies.
European scientists will this month campaign to have baby bottles which contain BPA removed from shelves.
Last year US baby bottle manufacturers removed BPA from products.
The Canadian Government has banned the use of BPA, the French Government last year introduced legislation to have it banned and even the chemical's leading producer Sunoco - which once staunchly defended BPA - now refuses to sell it to companies producing plastic food and drink bottles for children under the age of three years.
In Australia, Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said yesterday it was the Therapeutic Goods Administration's responsibility to raise safety issues regarding the plastic.
In turn, the TGA said it was an issue for the federal health department, which declared it an issue for Food Standards Australia New Zealand, which in turn confirmed it had no regulatory authority whatsoever over baby bottles and had never commissioned its own study on the BPA issue.
Food Standards said the group was monitoring the overseas BPA debate and up-to-date science found there was a "maximum daily safe limit".
Queensland grandmother and anti-BPA in bottles campaigner Nadia Duensing warned that as other countries banned baby bottles containing BPA, Australia could become the "dumping ground" for companies no longer able to sell their BPA products elsewhere.
Some of the biggest-selling baby bottle brands in Australia still sell bottles with BPA in them, including Avent, owned by Philips. A Philips spokeswoman said yesterday that the company was acting responsibly.
Paddington mother Alison Charles said her son Hugo was on the bottle and she had never heard of any potential danger.