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Chicago Says No To Bottles with BPA Plastic

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The political movement to get BPA out of baby bottles and other bottles is growing. Chicago is the first city to ban the sale of bottles with BPA. Here’s the NYT article.
The City Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a measure making Chicago the nation’s first city to ban the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups manufactured with a chemical that some studies have linked to disease.
Passage was driven by what officials here call federal regulators’ failure to take action on a grave public health issue.
The chemical, bisphenol-A, or BPA, is commonly employed to harden plastics, among other uses. Over time, it can leach into the contents of a plastic container, particularly one that is used in a microwave oven or cleaned in a dishwasher.
Some animal studies have found that BPA apparently accelerates puberty and poses a cancer risk, and, while the issue’s focus has been on the safety of children, the chemical has also been tied to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes in adults. But in a draft risk assessment last year, the Food and Drug Administration said that at levels found in products on the American market, it appeared to be safe.
In October, a scientific panel of advisers to the F.D.A. condemned that conclusion, saying the agency had ignored crucial studies and used flawed methods. The agency’s review of BPA studies goes on. …
Though Chicago is the first city with such a ban, it is not the first jurisdiction. Last week Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota signed into law a statewide prohibition on baby bottles and sippy cups made with BPA, and similar bills are pending in Congress, as well as in other states. The Connecticut House passed a measure last month, and the State Senate is expected to vote on that bill this week.
They all join Suffolk County, N.Y., which adopted its own BPA bottle and cup ban two months ago.

Giveway of New BPA Free Bottles

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UPDATE: And the winner is… Jennifer B who wrote about wanting the bottles for her sister.
I love it when I find eco-conscious bottles. So here’s a new one...MilkBank. Brought to you by a company called DexBaby, MilkBank has insulated feeding bottles, a vacuum storage system for breast milk and vented feeding bottles. They will be coming out with a breast pump shortly. The company says all of these products are free of lead, phthalates, PVC and BPA.
Since my breastfeeding days are over, I wasn’t able to test these bottles out for you. But I did email with a childbirth educator friend who says she actually loves the bottles.
MilkBank says their storage system is unique because you can use a special pump to remove oxygen from the bottle of milk, and thus prevent the milk from spoiling. This is the first I’ve heard about oxygen causing milk to spoil. So I’m still in the process of figuring out how to evaluate this claim. But here’s what the company has to say about it.
In the meantime, here’s a link on Kellymom to on guidelines for storing milk.
And now… last but not least… I’m giving away a set of these bottles. To enter leave a comment here on why you want or need them. I’ll pick the winner. You must be a U.S. citizen to enter. The deadline is February 18th.

Information About BPA in Bottles

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Here’s my friend Julia Bovey from the Natural Resources Defense Council, talking about the dangers of BPA, a chemical commonly found in plastic baby bottles. This video will tell you how to find BPA free bottles.
Click here to watch the video:
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New Warning About a Dangerous Chemical, Bisphenol A, Found in Some Baby Bottles

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There’s yet more news today about the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in baby bottles and sippy cups. I’ve written about this here, before. Here’s a quick summary from a Reuters article I found on Yahoo.
A chemical in some plastic food and drink packaging including baby bottles may be tied to early puberty and prostate and breast cancer, the U.S. government said on Tuesday.
Based on draft findings by the National Toxicology Program, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, senior congressional Democrats asked the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its view that the chemical bisphenol A is safe in products for use by infants and children.
The chemical, also called BPA, is used in many baby bottles and the plastic lining of cans of infant formula.
The National Toxicology Program went further than previous U.S. government statements on possible health risks from BPA.
It said: “There is some concern for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children at current human exposures.” The findings expressed concern about exposure in these populations, “based on effects in the prostate gland, mammary gland, and an earlier age for puberty in females.”

The Wall Street Journal has the story, too, as well as a link to the actual report.
Here’s a good article from The Washington Post on how to reduce your exposure to BPA. And here’s a blog, Z Reccomends, that has an extensive review of BPA free products (as always, do your own fact-checking on any products).