Posts Tagged 'BPA'

BPA in the Media Again!

As staunch supporters of the anti-BPA campaign we were very pleased to see coverage in the British media last Friday of a new report linking BPA to breast cancer.

The Daily Mail and the BBC both featured articles about Professor Anna Soto, an expert in cancer development ar the University of Ulster, who has recently carried out research on BPA .

She is warning that BPA can trigger toxins which lead to cancer after discovering that foetal and neonatal exposure to the chemical increases the likelihood of development of malignant tumours later in life.

Professor Soto said:

I would call for a banning of the use of BPA giving the growing evidence and increasing concerns that research has shown.

The foetal and neonatal life are crucial for a child’s development and parents should consider the advantage of using BPA-free products.

The chemical has been banned or its use limited in Canada, France and Denmark and many US states. We are hoping that the UK government will sit up and take notice of the experts and take similar action against the use of BPA.

You can read the BBC article here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/10346961.stm

You can read the Daily Mail article here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1287470/Call-ban-breast-cancer-chemical-babies-bottles.html#comments

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BPA news in the New Yorker

Last week’s New Yorker featured an interesting article called The Plastic Panic: How worried should we be about everyday chemicals. Journalist Jerome Groopman, also a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School, wonders if  BPA “may be among the world’s most vilified chemicals” and explores why governmental regulators are still undecided about whether to ban it. Groopman put the question to John Vandenbergh, a member of the expert panel for the National Toxicology Program:  

one of the problems is that we would have to take half of the kids in the kindergarten and give them BPA and the other half not. Or expose half of the pregnant women to BPA in the doctor’s office and the other half not. And then we have to wait thirty to fifty years to see what effects this has on their development, and whether they get more prostate cancer or breast cancer. You have to wait at least until puberty to see if there is an effect on sexual maturation. Ethically, you are not going to go and feed people something if you think it harmful, and, second, you have this incredible time span to deal with.

 

Groopman goes on to explore why toxicity studies are difficult and can lead to uncertainty, and, following on from the recent US President’s Cancer Panel Report*,  concludes that taking the precautionary route is the right way forward.

There’s no guarantee that we’ll always be right, but protecting those at the greatest risk shouldn’t be deferred.

 

Read the whole article here: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/05/31/100531fa_fact_groopman#ixzz0pcbqXU35

*The President’s Cancer Panel Report singled out BPA as the example for chemicals that should be more tightly regulated, even as research continues into just how harmful they are.

Product Highlight: The BornFree Microwave Steriliser

As parents, buying BPA-Free comes high up on the list of concerns when buying bottles for our babies, but what about when it comes to keeping them clean? We know that one of the dangers of BPA is that it leaches from plastics when it is heated so why not play it safe and use a BPA-Free steriliser too?

The BornFree™ Microwave Steriliser is made with Bisphenol-A free plastic and will sterilise up to 4 bottles, teats and other bottle parts in approximately 4 minutes.

With special grips which make opening and removing it from the microwave easier, the BornFree™ Microwave Steriliser combines the effectiveness of steam sterilisation with microwave convenience.

Available at £24.99 from our online shop babybornfree.co.uk

You can read a review of the steriliser here

No More BPA: a call to action!

Back in December you may remember that Breast Cancer UK launched their No More BPA Campaign  to raise awareness about the dangers of BPA. As part of this campaign, Breast Cancer UK has prepared the No More BPA report, for the use of Government, the media and the public. You can download the report from here These are the recommendations which end the report:

The UK Government should end the use of BPA in baby bottles as a matter of priority by introducing regulations, similar to those already introduced in Canada and expected to be brought about in the US, in order to decrease the exposure to BPA of newborns and very young babies.

There is also a compelling argument for adequate labelling of all food contact items, including those aimed at adults. Scientific studies, particularly those that have demonstrated that BPA exposure to pregnant women can impact on health outcomes in children, warrant serious attention.

The UK Government should introduce measures to ensure that clear labelling is used on all food contact products that contain BPA to allow consumers to make informed choices about their own level of exposure to BPA, and provide advice, in particular to pregnant women and breast cancer patients, on how to reduce their BPA intake levels.

So, what can we as individuals and parents do?

Most importantly we can choose BPA-Free products for our children whenever possible.

Next we can spread awareness by informing and making recommendations to our family and friends, try using this website as a resource http://www.bisphenolafree.org/  

Finally, we can put pressure on our government to sit up and take notice. Breast Cancer UK has made this easy for us to do by including a Take Action page on their No More BPA website. If you fill in the form with your details it will automatically generate a letter to your local MP, asking them to sign the EDM 293 against the use of BPA in Baby Bottles. Simple as that!

So, come on parents! Let’s take action and make sure our government bans the use of BPA in our babies’ products!

USA Today:12 states to ban BPA!

Finally, some US State governments are realising what so many parents already know: BPA and babies don’t mix.

Twelve States are moving to ban the chemical BPA from food and drink containers, primarily those meant for infants and toddlers. USA Today published an article on the topic featuring a photo of Matthew McConaughey and his son with his BornFree cup.

Read the article here: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/02/bans-sought-for-chemical-bpa-in-baby-toddler-products/1

Let’s hope the UK government takes note!

Another great review for BornFree!

Bornfree has had another super review. This time from A Little Bit Of Everything Product Review Blog a site where, as the title suggests, the aim is to review all sorts of family friendly items from baby bottles to slipper socks to toothpaste.

The reviewer talks about her surprise, fear and guilt at her previous ignorance of BPA and it’s dangers. I have enormous empathy with these feelings as I was completely unaware of BPA until I had my third child and I feel very guilty that I have unwittingly exposed my daughters to dangerous toxins like BPA and phtalates.

 However, BPA awareness is increasing day by day and it is comforting to know that we as parents, bloggers and reviewers can make a difference by being part of the BPA-Free revolution for future generations.

Here’s a quote from the review

BornFree bottles, training cups, teats and other products are all safe from chemical breakdown leakage. They do not contain typical plastic bottle chemicals in the first place – therefore there is nothing to leak.

You can read the full review here http://little-bit-of-everything-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/02/bornfree.html

Interview with Ron Vigdor

Tot Snob is a US website devoted to all thing fabulous for tots. I’m blogging about them now because they have just published a great interview with Ron Vigdor, the President of BornFree, which answers some of the key questions about how BornFree came about.

Why did you start Born Free?

I saw a documentary in 2006 regarding the harm caused by BPA in plastics and it inspired me to develop products that would do good and be good.

This is not related to BPA but it’s the questions we all want to ask. Can you make a truly leak proof sippy cup?

Born Free has a free flowing venting system that is leak proof. It is designed to flow freely when it is turned on its side, as a part of our philosophy. Once the nuzzling starts, the baby should get liquid without having to suck too much, which can cause colic and inner ear infections. Other sippy cups that claim to be “leak free” have a stopper that requires the baby to suck too much, which can cause colic. And when the stopper is finally released, too much liquid goes to the back of the throat too quickly, which can cause inner ear infections. Our venting system has a ring that prevents leaking from the sides (through the threads) and another ring that has grooves to allow air to go in which prevents colic

To read the whole article go here http://www.totsnob.com/2010/02/the_truth_about_bpa.html


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