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Toxic Baby Bottles

Aug 2, 2008
BPA is a known carcinogen that can leach into baby food from polycarbonate baby bottles. Continued washing using dish washing or other harsh soaps can break down plastic bottles and cause the migration of BPA into food stored in these bottles.

Baby foods stored in cans usually suffer long exposure to the polycarbonate inner lining. Again BPA found in the polycarbonate will migrate to the stored food. Normally foods removed from polycarbonate lined cans are covered by PVC derived plastic wraps, another known carcinogen.

Pregnant women should avoid BPA derived polycarbonate bottles and refrain from eating canned foods. The plastic lining in food cans contain polycarbonate. BPA is known to mimic the behavior of DES, an artificial estrogen banned for use by pregnant and nursing mothers.

BPA can be found in almost every human in the USA at some level. The reason is that BPA is a very common additive found in half of the formulated plastic resins. Make sure to check the labels and bottom of plastic bottles for the SPI codes, which appear as recycling triangles with numbers and letter codes. The codes are a general guideline for streamlining plastic recycling but can be implemented differently depending on the state of origin.

Some less hazardous plastics like PET or PETA, which is indicated by the number 1 inside the recycling triangle are safer than other plastics such as PVC and polycarbonate based resins. A plastic widely used in baby toys is HDPE and this is the number 2 inside the recycle triangle, it is also used in food containers.

The third plastic is called PVC and we know this to be commonly used in PVC pipes, but it can also be found in plastic food wraps, so look for the number three in the recycling triangle. Low Density Polyethylene is commonly known as LDPE and is plastic number 4, there are no known hazards as in BPA derived plastics, one reason why it is used in plastic food packages and soft sport bottles.

Polypropylene is a BPA free plastic and is plastic number 5 or PP in the SPI code. You can find this plastic used in food containers for storing butter and yogurt. Following PP is the plastic used commonly in egg cartons, known as PS, using the SPI code number 6.

With the advent of new resin combinations, the SPI code included the number 7 designated as OTHER to differentiate these plastics from SPI codes 1 - 6. Many plastics were clumped under SPI code 7 including BPA derived polycarbonates and natural non-hazardous plastics.
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