A question of safety

The debate over bisphenol A, a chemical used to harden plastics and often found in baby bottles, continues. The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that the small amount of BPA that leaches out of plastics is not a threat to babies or adults.

The FDA took another look at the chemical after a report from the National Toxicology Program said there was “some concern” over exposure to fetuses, infants and children. Not everyone agrees on the safety of BPA, though-Canada banned the chemical back in April.

So what should parents do? Right now it’s up to each family to decide, but for those who want to eliminate their children’s exposure to the chemical, a wide variety of BPA-free products, from bottles to sippy cups to toys, are now available.

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