Last week I wrote about the latest stainless steel baby bottles that have hit the market in response to consumer demand for bisphenol A or BPA-free baby products. It seems the makers of plastic baby bottles are listening to these demands as well, and scrambling to develop BPA-free plastic baby bottles that consumers will trust.
The six largest makers of baby bottles recently announced that they will stop manufacturing baby bottles in the United States made with BPA, a chemical widely used in plastics but increasingly linked to a range of health problems. In addition, several retailers, including Babies R Us, told suppliers they would no longer stock baby bottles made with the chemical. The six U.S. baby bottle makers — Avent, Disney First Years, Gerber, Dr. Brown, Playtex and Evenflow — have all agreed to stop using BPA in their baby bottles and baby products.
But I, for one, don't know that I could really trust any type of plastic baby bottle, even one that claims to be "BPA-free." How many reports have we seen in the past year about products that claim the "BPA-free" title that actually leach BPA? Just last summer, a Health Canada study detected BPA in a number of "BPA-free bottles." So what would be the difference now?
What do you think? Would you trust a plastic baby bottle that bears the BPA-free label?