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    Europe Bans Baby Bottles with the Gender-Bending Chemical Bisphenol-A

    Europe on Thursday banned baby bottles containing the chemical Bisphenol-A as of early next year over fears it may harm the health of children throughout the EU's half a billion population.

    Parents across the European Union, the world's biggest open market, "can be sure that as of mid-2011 plastic infant feeding bottles will not include BPA", said John Dalli, commissioner in charge of health and consumer policy. "This is good news for European consumers."

    The ban will see the "manufacture of polycarbonate infant feeding bottles with BPA" outlawed from March 1, 2011, and from June 1, 2011, "the placing on the market and the importation into the union of these bottles will be prohibited", the commission underlined in a statement.

    Dalli's spokesman Frederic Vincent told AFP that the commission successfully "tried its luck" by bringing forward a proposal originally intended for presentation in early 2011 and seek backing for a ban before a committee of national government experts already scheduled to meet Thursday.

    The decision does not require the approval of the European Parliament, which in any case called in June for such a ban.

    "This is the result of months of discussion and exchange of views between the commission's services, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), the member states and the industry," a delighted commission added.

    Canada became in October the first country in the world to classify Bisphenol-A as a toxic substance despite industry opposition.

    Only two EU countries, France and Denmark, had unilaterally imposed bans on baby bottles with the controversial substance. Danish authorities went a step further by extending the prohibition to all food products for children up to three years old.

    Bans are also in place in Australia, Canada and a few US states.

    EFSA issued in September an opinion by experts on the chemical, which said that Bisphenol-A was safe in very small quantities, but also pointed to areas of uncertainty.

    "It cannot be excluded that there might be an effect on the development, immune response or tumour promotion," Dalli said in a statement on October 7.

    Source http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-11-...sphenol-a.html

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    I have been keeping up on the Bisphenol A controversy myself.
    Supposedly some bottles are more safe than others:

    Dangers of water bottles and other plastic sport water bottles

    Many Nalgene water bottles and other water bottles are made of polycarbonate (#7 on the bottom) , which may leach Bisphenol A, an estrogen-like chemical. Canada is considering a ban of products containing Bisphenol A (BPA) and a new American study links it to breast cancer and early puberty, and is particularly concerned about the effect on babies. Others have raised concerns about the effect of feminizing hormones on men, such as breast enlargement or dropping semen counts. At the same time, sport water bottles are ubiquitous and we don't want people going back to buying bottled water. What should you do? Time to nix the Nalgene? We looked at our past posts and the latest reports, and suggest the following.

    7 Ways to beat BPA, in order of Importance:

    1. Ditch the clear plastic baby bottles, right now. All the research that says there are problems point at the effect of the estrogen-like BPA on children as being the most significant.
    2. Tin cans are often lined in plastic BPA and sit around a long time; get rid of older tin cans, particularly if they contain tomatoes and other acidic fruits.
    3. Don't use your polycarbonate bottle for hot drinks.
    4. Polycarbonate bottles get crazed and cracked as they get older; that increases surface area. Get rid of old ones.
    5. Replace your Polycarbonate bottle with a Sigg, Kleen Kanteen, or the new BPA free Camelbak, particularly if pregnant or pre-pubescent.
    6. Replace jugs where water sits around a long time, like Brita knockoffs. (Brita says they are BPA free)
    7. Stop using jugged water cooler water, get a filter and cooler that uses city water. It is a big jug so there probably isn't much of a problem, but why are you drinking bottled water anyways?

    Don't worry about polycarbonates in non-food related products like CDs and DVDs. but keep them out of babies' mouths.
    Even though water bottles that don't have the 7# on the bottom are safer I still wonder if they still pose at least some danger.

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    Great post I've read something similar to this in an article from Popular Science.

    http://www.popsci.com/science/articl...sumer-products
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    Taking this article one step further, it's important to understand that many common household items contain chemicals that are harmful.

    http://www.popsci.com/science/galler...re-toxins-come

    Here is another interesting post from somebody trying to find out what chemicals are actually in her body.
    http://www.popsci.com/science/articl...sonal-chemisty

    Great documentary too, I'm watching it right now.

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