Wednesday, April 16, 2008

About That Nalgene Bottle ...

Looks like concerns about the health impacts of a chemical known as BPA are being validated:
A federal health agency acknowledged for the first time yesterday concerns that a chemical found in thousands of everyday products such as baby bottles and compact discs may cause cancer and other serious disorders.

The draft report by the National Toxicology Program signaled a turning point in the government's position on bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical so ubiquitous in the United States that it has been detected in the urine of 93 percent of the population over 6 years of age. [...]

Used in the production of plastic since the 1950s, BPA may be linked in laboratory animals to breast cancer, prostate cancer, early puberty in females and behavioral changes, according to the study released yesterday. It called for more research into the chemical's health effects.
I get questions from people all the time about the safety of drinking water from Nalgene bottles made with BPA. Fortunately, Nalgene now offers BPA-free bottles. For parents, a company called Born Free makes BPA-free baby bottles.

I'd imagine "BPA free" stickers on plastic products are going to become more and more prevalent after this report.
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