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BPA still a concern for most expecting parents

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 23, 2008

All plastic bottles sold here are safe and no stores have been asked to stop selling them, the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said on Wednesday.

The announcement came after retailer Toys ‘R’ Us voluntarily pulled plastic baby bottles from its shelves on Tuesday in response to concerns that they might leach a potentially toxic chemical.

A representative of Toys ‘R’ Us here declined to comment on the decision. But it comes amid growing global worry over the safety of drink and food containers made from polycarbonate – a hard transparent plastic – which is produced using a chemical called bisphenol A or BPA.

A report by the United States National Institutes of Health, released a week ago, expressed concerns that BPA could affect brain development in infants and increase their risk of developing breast and prostate cancer later in life. (story)

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