Call for UK to "follow US lead" in plastic baby feeding bottles
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is asking companies selling baby bottles in the UK to follow the USA lead and move to producing baby bottles using nonbisphenol A (BPA) plastics.
The chemical BPA is controversial and currently used in many baby bottles sold in the UK. There is evidence to suggest that the chemical can interfere with healthy growth and body functions and mimics the effect of the hormone oestrogen in the body.
Babies are particularly vulnerable to hormone-mimicking effects as they grow rapidly in the early months and years.
Belinda Phipps, Chief Executive of the NCT, says:
"The NCT welcomes the news that six USA companies have agreed to stop selling plastic baby bottles made with BPA within the United States.
"The NCT would like to see the same steps being taken within the UK. There are now viable alternatives to BPA that can be used to produce clear plastic baby bottles. There is no reason to continue using this chemical when there is concern about its potential risks to new born babies."
It has been reported that Avent, Disney First Years, Gerber, Dr Brown, Playtex and Evenflow voluntarily stopped manufacturing BPA baby bottles for sale within the USA.