21 April 2008 19:12 [Source: ICIS news]
The Connecticut-based company said in a statement it will phase out its polycarbonate (PC) baby products by year’s end due to consumer concern over BPA, the main ingredient in PC products. The company’s announcement follows similar ones from Wal-Mart and other retailers last week.
Large doses of BPA have been linked to cancer and developmental defects in humans. The National Toxicology Program (NTP), a part of the National Institutes of Health, published a draft report earlier this month saying there was little evidence showing that low doses of BPA were harmful, but called for further study of the chemical.
On 18 April, the Canadian government said normal levels of BPA exposure didn’t pose a health threat to children under the age of 18 months. Despite that, the government said it would consider banning the sale and advertising of baby goods containing BPA.
“While US and worldwide regulatory bodies continue to deem the ingredient safe, as a leader in infant care products, we are listening to consumer concerns,” Playtex general vice manager Gary Cohen said.
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