Potentially Dangerous Chemical In Bottles

May 31, 2009 4:44:53 PM PDT
For the first time, a study is showing that drinking from polycarbonate bottles increases the level of a potentially dangerous chemical. Bisphenol-a or B.P.A. is found in aluminum cans and some plastic drinking bottles.

The chemical has been linked with heart disease and diabetes.

Now a study by Harvard Medical School shows that use of these plastic containers leaves behind a "significant chemical residue."

Environmental groups say the study shows that the U.S. needs to take action now. But lobbyists for the chemical industry say it's not alarming.

Richard wiles with Environmental Working Group said, "Canada has banned it for use in infant formula bottles and is working on alternatives for canned foods".

Steve Hentges with American Chemistry Council said, "Even after exclusive use of polycarbonate bottles - the level of Bisphenol-a found was actually below the average level for the us population as reported by the centers for disease control".

The FDA says it is continuing to evaluate the potential dangers of B.P.A. and that an announcement about its policy regarding the chemical could come soon.

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