Four parents are suing baby bottle manufacturers whose bottles contain bisphenol A. As previously reported, the synthetic chemical, commonly known as BPA, has been linked to health problems in the brain and other areas and in behavior. BPA also is found in some spill-resistant cups and sports bottles. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court against five manufacturers, alleging that the Defendants knew BPA was associated with health problems but continued to use it in their products and did not disclose the risks. The parents sued Avent America of Bensenville, Illinois, Handi-Craft Co. of St. Louis (also known as Dr. Brown’s), Evenflo Co. of Vandalia, Ohio, Gerber Products Co. of Parsippany, New Jersey, and Playtex Products of Westport, Connecticut, on behalf of themselves and others who bought the products. The class action lawsuit is one of numerous lawsuits filed throughout the country against baby bottle manufacturers.
Studies have found that BPA, which makes the bottle shatterproof, can leach out of the plastic and that heating the bottle or cup accelerates that process. There is a recent European study that may shed more light on the safety of products utilizing BPA. I hadn’t had an opportunity to read that study before this issue went to the printer.
Source: Columbus Dispatch
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