BPA in plastics under fire

April 18, 2008 3:08:22 PM PDT
As Canada declared the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) "toxic," several companies moved to remove it from their goods.

Action News first told you about concerns over B-P-A two years ago.

The chemical is used to make plastic harder. It can be found in items from baby bottles, to hard plastic water bottles, and lining many food containers.

Early this week, a report from the National Toxicology Program says lab animals given B-P-A developed pre-cancerous tumors and reached puberty early.

Today, Canada formally designated the chemical as a toxic substance.

WalMart says it will stop selling baby bottles made with B-P-A early next year in the U.S. It had announced earlier this week that its Canadian branch was removing plastics with the chemical, such as baby bottles, toddler sippy cups, and food containers, starting next week.

And Nalgene, which makes hard-plastic water bottles.... will stop using it too. Officials of Nalgene's parent company said the firm already makes bottles with substitutes.

Babies R Us says sales of glass botrtles have increased five-fold since last spring.

The plastics industry says there's no firm evidence it poses any risk to humans. It says recent media reports are "unnecessarily confusing and frightening the public."

The "chief science officer" for the Grocery Manufacturers Association today "welcomed" Canada's risk assessment on BPA and said it "confirms the safety of BPA for people of all ages." Still, Dr. Robert Brackett says the food industry and government "can and should work together to further reduce BPA exposure for children under 18 months of age."

Dr. Brackett is the FDA's former point person on regulating the food industry. age."