Remember my previous post where I learned about the BPA issue? If you haven’t read it, go here first.
I got that statement from Avent’s US site. It somehow gave me a relief but seeing blog about the BPA issue here and there gave me the need to research some more. I received a feedback that the answer I took from the US site is based on a 2005 study and that there were recent developments on the issue dated January 2008. I’m not panicking but as a mom, I need to know if I’m really putting my little angel in danger. So I researched some more and found this:
Philips AVENT is aware of media reports focusing on Bisphenol A (BPA) and polycarbonate. We would like to help our customers better understand why Philips AVENT, as well as other companies, use these materials.
Polycarbonates are used in thousands of consumer products such as reusable food containers, lifesaving medical devices and sport safety equipment. Manufacturers of such products, including baby bottles, rely upon polycarbonates because they prevent cracking, shattering and other hazards that can lead to injuries. The key concern for parents is whether leaching from polycarbonate bottles causes harm.
The effects of leached BPA have been studied extensively by regulatory agencies, including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Various governing bodies have found as follows:
- In January 2008, the FDA reconfirmed its long standing view regarding the safety of polycarbonate for food contact, including baby feeding bottles. The FDA has indicated that it actively reviews the safety of BPA and recently completed a review of available data obtained from animal studies, and migration studies. Based on the results of the migration studies conducted by FDA chemists, the FDA determined that the “dietary exposure to BPA is orders of magnitude below the levels known to cause toxic effects in animals.”
- International regulatory agencies responsible for consumer protection, including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the UK Food Standards Agency, the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment, and the Japanese Ministry of Health have all studied the use of BPA and concluded that it can be used in the manufacture of baby bottles.
Philips AVENT is committed to meeting or exceeding the standards set by the FDA and all other acknowledged authorities around the world. All plastics used in Philips AVENT products are FDA-approved and recognized as “safe for food contact application.” Philips AVENT Bottles are also independently tested in accordance with and comply with the latest European Standard for Drinking Equipment for Children-EN14350: 2004 which looks specifically at the acceptable daily intake of BPA for children. By looking to these acknowledged authorities, Philips AVENT will continue to deliver the best products to customers.
Our bottles have been and will continue to be used by millions of healthy babies in over 70 countries worldwide.
April 17 2008
I hope this also reassures other moms in the world who use Avent for their babies just like it did to me.