Update: Toys 'R' Us to Phase Out BPA Baby Bottles
It's still early on Monday morning, but Toys 'R' Us has already sent us two e-mails to make sure we know that it plans to phase out by the end of the year all baby bottles and other baby feeding products that are made with bisphenol A, the controversial chemical used to make clear plastic.
Straight from the e-mail from spokesman Bob Friedland:
Toys"R"Us, Inc. is committed to the safety of all its customers and is vigilant about staying current with emerging scientific and other thinking about ingredients in products sold in its stores.
While the FDA has not changed its position on the safety of products made with Bisphenol-A (BPA), in light of growing consumer concerns on this topic, the company has been working with manufacturers to phase out all baby bottles and other baby feeding products containing BPA in its Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores nationwide. This process is ongoing and is expected to be completed before the end of 2008.
I had called the company about BPA last week as I followed up on the our story about a draft report by the National Toxicology Program that found "some concern" that the chemical could cause behavioral changes in infants and children and early onset of puberty in females. At that time, Toys 'R' Us sent me a fact sheet saying that they offer a wide array of products, some made with BPA and some without.
Then I reported that Wal-Mart would stop selling baby bottles made with BPA by early 2009 in its U.S. stores. On Friday, Canada became the first country to ban the chemical. (In case you missed it, check out my colleague's Lyndsey Layton and Chris Lee's story: "Canada Bans BPA From Baby Bottles.") I got the first updated e-mail from Toys 'R' Us on Sunday, and another one this morning.
Meanwhile, the American Chemistry Council maintained that the products made with BPA are still considered safe and that "consumer product bans are not supported by science."
"The weight of scientific evidence, as assessed by Health Canada and other agencies around the world, provides reassurance that consumers can continue to safely use products made from bisphenol A," stated Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the American Chemistry Council's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. "Consumer products made from polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, including products for infants and children, are accepted as safe for use, and used, around the world."
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