For a long time now bisphenol-A (BPA) has been used in plastic to make it hard and clear. New studies are now making people question its safety especially when used in baby bottles, sippy cups, and the lining of formula cans. Retailers such as Babies R Us and Toys R Us are offering a BPA bottle exchange.
The National Toxicology Program, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health, released a draft report in April that concluded there may be some health concerns associated with products containing BPA, which is also present in the lining of canned foods and drinks.
The possibility that BPA may alter human development could not be dismissed, researchers said.
Canada has banned the sale of items containing BPA. Exposure has been linked to breast cancer, testicular cancer, early onset of puberty, autism, and hyperactivity. For now parents are following the old adage of better safe than sorry and exchanging their bottles for BPA-free ones. Glass bottles are making a comeback as well.