Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Plastic Bottles May Contain Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Published: 7 May 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Discovery Channel” reports new evidence suggests that plastic water bottles may not be so benign after all as scientists in Germany have found that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics — the kind used to make water bottles, among many other common products — may also harbor hormone-disrupting chemicals that leach into the water. It is reportedly possible that some as-yet unidentified chemicals in these plastics have the potential to interfere with estrogen and other reproductive hormones, just as the infamous plasticizers bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates do.

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