Posted On: October 8, 2008 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Studies link chemical in baby products to cancer, diabetes, and early puberty

Studies show the chemical bisphenol A, found in baby bottles, has been linked to cancer, diabetes, and early puberty. According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, three state attorney generals urged eleven makers of plastic baby bottles and formula to stop using the chemical.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and his counterparts sent letters to bottle-makers such as Energizer Holding Inc.'s Playtex Infant Care and formula producers including Abbott Laboratories Inc. and Wyeth, Blumenthal's staff said. Some companies have already replaced the chemical in their bottles.

Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been used for decades to help stiffen plastic to make many baby bottles and food-storage containers and to line metal cans. Although the FDA claims the chemical is safe, research from other agencies has identified serious health risks when the chemical leaches into food and beverages. Labels on baby bottles and formula containers are not required to say whether they contain bisphenol A.

According to the article, Blumenthal told the companies to immediately eliminate this dangerous chemical from our children's food.

Adults exposed to higher levels of BPA are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease or diabetes, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month.
Animal studies reviewed by the National Toxicology Program this year also linked the chemical to developmental changes in fetuses and young children.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 93 percent of Americans have bisphenol A traces in their urine. The chemical was declared "toxic" by the Canadian government in April. The FDA is reviewing its safety assessment and has scheduled an advisory panel meeting Oct. 31.

As a consumer, you have the right to assume that products you purchase or use have been produced in a manner, which would ensure that they are safe and free from unreasonable risks. If a company manufactures a product that is hazardous to the user, the company must be held liable for any injuries or fatalities that occurred due to the defective product.

At Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP, our team of dedicated and skilled legal professionals has years of experience representing seriously injured clients throughout Pennsylvania who have suffered serious injuries as the result of defective and dangerous products. If you have been the victim of bodily injuries due to a faulty product, please contact an aggressive Philadelphia defective product attorney at Cherry Fieger and Marciano, LLP. for a free consultation.