Saturday, September 20, 2008

** DR Brown Bottles**

I know many of you guys that read this use Dr Brown Bottles, or used them in the past.
We also used them for Heidi. I have been catching articles about them containing BPA for a while.
I dismissed it because they were still selling them everywhere. Well I came across this article in USA today online about them, and Walmart and Toys r US are pulling items containing it, including Dr Brown hard plastic bottles. You can check out the article here:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-09-16-bpa-heart_N.htm?csp=34&loc=interstitialskip

If the link doesn't work you can go to USATODAY.com and seach BPA.

2 comments:

Lisa said...

Hey, being a nerd and in the Chemistry world I heard about this last year. Plastics are pretty nasty in general but what are you going to do; everything is made of plastic. Thankfully, you can distinguish the "safer" plastics. You know those little numbers with the recycle symbol around them imprinted on most things? Well, they actually mean something. Now all we have to worry about is the radon under our houses ;).

#1 PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate): used for most clear beverage bottles, i.e. what you get at the gas station. Recommended for one time use only
#2 HDPE (high density polyethylene): used for milk and water jugs, opaque food bottles. Considered safe.
#3 PVC or V (polyvinyl chloride): used in some cling wraps (especially commercial brands), some "soft" bottles.
#4 LDPE (low density polyethylene): used in food storage bags and some "soft" bottles. Considered safe.
#5 PP (polypropylene): used in rigid containers, including some baby bottles, and some cups and bowls. Considered safe.
#6 PS (polystyrene): used in foam takeout type containers, meat and bakery trays, and in its rigid form, clear take-out containers, some plastic cutlery and cups. Polystyrene may leach styrene into food it comes into contact with. Styrene compounds leaching from food containers are estrogenic (meaning they can disrupt normal hormonal functioning). Styrene is also considered a possible human carcinogen. Trust me. We use styrene is the lab and it's nasty.
#7 Other (usually polycarbonate): used in 5-gallon water bottles (Nalgene), some baby bottles, some metal can linings and dental sealants. Polycarbonate can release its primary building block, bisphenol A (BPA), another suspected hormone disruptor, into liquids and foods.

Rachel and John said...

Thanks for the info!
Yeah, most of the info I've read said to look for the recycle number.
Problem was these Dr Brown bottles didn't have one on the bottles:(