Archive for January, 2008

U.S. Lawmakers Question Safety of BPA

Published: 21 January 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

The Associated Press reports U.S. Congressional House Democrats are investigating whether bisphenol A (BPA)—a chemical used to package baby formulas—poses a risk to infants, despite assurances by U.S. regulators that it is safe for kids and adults. Reps. John Dingell and Bart Stupak sent letters Thursday to seven companies that make baby formulations, including […]

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Panel Reviews Controversial Findings on BPA

Published: 21 January 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a “controversial report on chemicals found in baby bottles and hundreds of other household products is under intense review by the National Toxicology Program after the agency was swamped with complaints that the authors were unduly influenced by the chemical industry.” The chemical in question is bisphenol A […]

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“Is Plastic Making Us Fat?”

Published: 17 January 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS

The Boston Globe reports researchers are exploring whether exposure to certain plastics chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to manufacture items such as baby bottles, during early development could “be making Americans fat in epidemic numbers.” Some scientists argue that “diet and too little exercise clearly are key reasons for the […]

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A Growing Body of Science Rings Alarm Bells About Bisphenol A

Published: 15 January 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Packaging CONCERNS

According to the Edmonton Journal, a “growing body of science is ringing alarm bells” about the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA), used to make baby bottles and reusable water bottles, which is an endocrine disrupter and may cause reproductive dysfunctions and different types of cancer. The article reports, “while a human adult might be […]

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Study Finds BPA is More Dangerous for Young Children

Published: 14 January 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

The Globe and Mail reports a new U.S. study on bisphenol A (BPA), a plastics compound, indicates that the chemical may be more dangerous for young children than for adults. BPA is used in the manufacturing of polycarbonate baby bottles, and because BPA can allegedly mimic estrogen, some researchers reportedly suspect it is linked […]

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Are Reusable Hard Plastic Water Bottles Inadvertently Poisoning People?

Published: 10 January 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

The Wisconsin State Journal reports using reusable hard plastic bottles for drinking water may be inadvertently poisoning people, as some of such containers contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which studies have shown can damage the reproductive systems of laboratory animals. Although scientific research on the potential harmfulness of BPA on human health is […]

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In Response to Plastic Concerns, Consumers Demand More Eco-Friendly Packaging Options

Published: 9 January 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

Newsweek reports concerns about the safety of some plastics, including plastics bottles and baby bottles, is driving the consumer demand for more eco-friendly options. One of such potentially harmful chemicals is bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to make polycarbonate plastic. According to Newsweek, a scientific panel convened by the National Institutes of […]

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The Trouble with Reusing Plastic Bottles

Published: 8 January 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS

The New York Times reports the trouble with reusing plastic bottles “is that each time they are washed and refilled they become a little more scratched and crinkly, which can lead them to degrade.” According to Frederick S. vom Saal, a professor of biology at the University of Missouri who has studied plastics for […]

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Reducing Exposure to Environmental Chemicals May Reduce Risk of Disease

Published: 8 January 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Packaging CONCERNS

According to the Portsmouth Herald, new research shows that by “controlling our exposures to certain environmental chemicals, and also by ensuring that we get the nutrients we need, we may be able to reduce our risk of certain diseases, including some cancers.” Bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in hard plastics products like water […]

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Maine Considers Bill to Protect Children from Some Plastics Chemicals

Published: 7 January 2008
Category: Studies/Federal Regulations

Bangor Daily News reports Maine state legislators will soon consider a bill to protect our children from dangerous toys and other products (such as phthalates in IV bags in hospitals). The bill would establish a registry where citizens may gain some initial insight into the more dangerous chemicals that show up in ongoing testing. Link […]

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