New Information on Polycarbonate Bottles

Polycarbonate BottlesRecent scientific studies conducted in Europe and the US indicate that using polycarbonate baby bottles and water bottles are perfectly safe.

By: Natasha Morgan

For some time now we’ve been bombarded with reports warning us about the safety of plastic bottles. We’ve been told that trace levels of bisphenol A will migrate from polycarbonate bottles into foods or beverages making them unsafe for human consumption.

Now recent scientific studies conducted in Europe and the US indicate that using polycarbonate baby bottles and water bottles are perfectly safe and what we’ve been hearing are myths, misinformation and scare stories.

The most popular rumor stated that the level of bisphenol A released from polycarbonate plastic bottles increased when the bottles were filled with boiling water and remained elevated when the bottles were subsequently filled with water at room temperature.

According to researchers even the highest levels of bisphenol A and real-life repetitive use are well below science-based safety standards set by government bodies.

A great concern to families was the heating of baby bottles in a microwave oven. Many fearful parents needlessly gave up this convenience and reverted back to old time tested methods.

A series of tests was conducted to determine if the level of bisphenol A that migrates under real-life microwave heating or sterilizing conditions was within safety guidelines. A study published in 2008 by TNO, a prominent Dutch research organization happily determined that microwave heating has no effect on migration of bisphenol A from polycarbonate bottles.

Another piece of misleading information circulated throughout the web suggested that washing polycarbonate bottles in a dishwasher will cause the bottles to degrade and release unsafe levels of bisphenol A in subsequent uses of the bottle. Investigation revealed that caustic floor cleaning detergent was inadvertently used in the dishwasher giving rise to this myth.

After a complete review of the scientific data that has been conducted by government and scientific bodies worldwide, it can safely be concluded that the use of plastic bottles in real life situations is not harmful.

Read in the Globe and Mail:

Adults exposed to higher amounts of the plastic compound bisphenol A are more likely to be afflicted by cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, and have liver enzyme abnormalities, according to a new study issued Tuesday, September 16, 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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