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Health Agencies Update
May 28, 2008

Plastic Risks

JAMA. 2008;299(20):2379. doi:10.1001/jama.299.20.2379-c

A ubiquitous chemical in baby bottles, food can linings, and other items may pose health risks to fetuses, infants, and children, according to a report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP).

Bisphenol A, an estrogen mimic, may leach from the hard plastics used to make baby bottles, water bottles, and other items and from the resins that line food and baby formula cans. In a report published in April, the NTP said that data from animal studies raise concerns that current levels of human exposure may cause neurological and behavioral changes in fetuses, infants, and children (http://cerhr.niehs.nih.gov/chemicals/bisphenol/bisphenol-eval.html). Additionally, the NTP reported concerns that bisphenol A exposure may cause precancerous changes in the tissue of the breast and prostate and may lead to early puberty in girls. The agency found little risk to adults, except perhaps those exposed to high levels occupationally.