A class-action against Philips Electronics Corp., a maker of plastic baby bottles and sippy cups containing bisphenol-A or BPA, has been settled. The proposed settlement allows Plaintiffs to obtain a voucher or refund for the purchase of Avent baby products containing the controversial chemical. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed alleging that BPA, which helps strengthen plastic and make food and beverage containers shatterproof, poses health hazards to children including cancer and developmental problems.
In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration said that BPA was safe, but subsequent reports from the Department of Health and Human Services’ national toxicology program and a study by the University of Cincinnati raised red flags about its health risks, ranging from brain and hormonal dysfunction to coronary artery disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes. In 2009, the FDA said it would revisit the issue. Several manufacturers voluntarily agreed to remove the chemical from baby products. Federal legislation and several state laws have been introduced to ban BPA, which has also been banned in Canada and Japan.
Source: Lawyers USA Online
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