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Toxic alert: Bottles, Cans and BPA





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As reported in this June 2007 article , the EU banned of the use of the chemical, bisphenol A (BPA) (along with 3,000 other chemicals) last year, after they identified BPA as an endocrine disrupter. Now, nearly one year later, a report from the National Institute of Health's Toxicology Unit has agreed with their conclusion:
A chemical called bisphenol A, which is in hard, clear polycarbonate plastics like those used to make many baby bottles, certain reusable water bottles, and even containers for canned foods, may pose health risks. Specifically, the federal government's National Toxicology Program expressed concern that BPA exposure could cause neural and behavioral abnormalities in fetuses, infants, and children.

Since that announcement, Canada has proposed a BPA ban, and retailers Toys "R" Us and Wal-Mart both said they plan to stop selling BPA-containing baby bottles, according to USA Today. Playtex also said it would stop using BPA in its products, and Nalgene, a maker of durable plastic water bottles, said it intends to do the same.
An endocrine disruptor is a substance that alters the function of the endocrine system and consequently can cause adverse health effects to an organism and/or its progeny. Endocrine disrupters interfere with the endocrine system in (at least) three ways...

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