Poison in plastic?

September 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

New research has linked a chemical found in plastics to diabetes and heart disease, but the feds said Tuesday there are no plans to ban it – even from baby bottles.

“Right now, our tentative conclusion is that it’s safe, so we’re not recommending any change in habits,” said Laura Tarantino, head of the Food and Drug Administration’s office of food additive safety.

The chemical in question is bisphenol-A, or BPA, which is widely used in hardened plastics from food containers to medical equipment.

A study published Tuesday in the respected Journal of the American Medical Association added to concerns that BPA can cause a raft of health problems.

Scientists found adults with the highest levels of BPA in their bodies were twice as likely to have heart disease or diabetes.

The findings come on the heels of a government report that admitted “some concern” about possible effects of BPA on the brains of fetuses and babies.

Outside the BuyBuy Baby store in Chelsea, Twyla Luzau, 34, said that’s enough to convince her the government should limit the use of BPA.

“If it’s a danger, they should remove it from the shelves,” she said as her 5-month-old goddaughter Naya drank milk from a plastic bottle. “We have enough to worry about.”

Inside the store, bottle and cup displays are marked with signs that proclaim they’re BPA-free – testament to parents’ worries.

“I think it absolutely should be banned,” said Amy Bersh, 22, of Chelsea, describing how she switched bottle brands for 16-month-old Michaela when she read some of the research.

“I feel like they’re covering it up.”

The FDA said further research is needed before it takes regulatory action.

In the meantime, Tarantino said, consumers can limit their exposure on their own by avoiding BPA plastics.
Daily News


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