"bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical used in plastic baby bottlesâ€”and many other food and beverage containersâ€”causes genetic damage in mice, a new study suggests. But the plastics industry says there is no cause for alarm.
As these products get reused, they start to leach BPA. The part that will make your hair stand on end is baby bottles. They are made of polycarbonate plastic. People who use them say that after just washing them in the dishwasher they see these same changes in the bottles. When we see bottles start to turn cloudy, they are leaching. And when they get sticky, they are giving off a lot of this stuff."
The plastics industry says there is nothing to be alarmed about. Large studies of BPA show no effects on animals or on their offspring, says Steven Hentges, PhD, executive director of the polycarbonate business unit of the American Plastics Council. Hentges represents the makers of polycarbonate and BPA.
at 4:57 PM on Oct. 2, 2008