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Label call for baby bottles

6th May 2008

The National Childbirth Trust has called for more data to be provided to families regarding a chemical contained in baby bottles.


The chemical, which is called Bisphenol A (BPA), is found in plastic bottles. The chemical is used in plastic products in order to stop them breaking.

US scientists working on the National Toxicology Program, said in April that the chemical "can cause changes in behaviour and the brain, prostate gland, mammary gland and the age at which females attain puberty".

In America many large stores such as the Wal-Mart chain have said they will not stock bottles which contained BPA. Asda has said it will produce bottles which do not contain the chemical.

The National Childbirth Trust have said that plastic products which are made with BPA need to be clearly marked.

Belinda Phipps, the charity's chief executive, said they were concerned by the "lack of awareness" of the chemical.

"As a first step, it is important that bottles and other items that might reach a baby's mouth are labelled in a standard and easy-to-understand way. This will help to remove the risk of Bisphenol A contamination."

The charity said that boiling water should never be poured straight into bottles because it could cause the release of more BPA.

The Food Standards Agency have said "the amount of the chemical in such products is well below levels considered harmful and the bottles are completely safe to use".



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