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JPMA on the Safety of Baby Bottles

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), which represents the leading manufacturers of baby bottles in the United States, stands by the scientific research indicating that plastic baby bottles are safe and reassures consumers not to fall victim to scare tactics.

There is irrefutable data available on the safety of Bisphenol-A, a material used to make tough, shatter-resistant polycarbonate plastic baby bottles. Definitive studies and scientific reviews supporting its safety have been conducted by: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Harvard University, the National Toxicology Program, the European Food Safety Authority, the German Federal Institute for Risk Analysis, and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

In spite of this strong scientific support, misinformation about polycarbonate baby bottles continues to circulate and as a result is needlessly scaring parents and caregivers away from a trusted and safe product. Several new studies provide additional strong support for the safe use of polycarbonate bottles:

-- TNO, a prominent Dutch Research organization, subjected eighteen different brands of polycarbonate baby bottles sold in Europe to a series of tests to determine the level of BPA that migrates under real-life microwave heating or sterilizing conditions. The study determined that microwave heating has no effect on migration of BPA from polycarbonate bottles and indicates that microwave heating can be safely used to warm contents of a polycarbonate bottle or to sterilize the bottles. Migration levels measured in this and earlier studies using other modes of heating are all well below science-based safety standards set by government agencies.

-- Researchers from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Official Food Control Authority of the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland recently conducted a very comprehensive set of experiments designed to assess whether any real-life dishwashing condition, "even rather improbable conditions and scenarios," could lead to BPA levels above safety standards. They concluded "that even under extreme conditions and scenarios the amount of BPA released from polycarbonate baby bottles is clearly below the TDI [Tolerable Daily Intake; a European science-based safety standard] for babies."

Found in a wide variety of products, lightweight and shatter-resistant polycarbonate plastic has been the material of choice in baby bottles for decades. Plastic baby bottles make up 90% of the baby bottle market in the United States.

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