Avent Makes Bottles with BPA

avent baby bottles with bpa plastic

I’ve been on the BPA Bandwagon big for the past two weeks. Funny how having a baby changes your perspective.

When Mountain Equipment Co-Op was pulling the bottles from their shelves last year, I was aware of what was going on, but I didnt make the connection between sport drinking bottles and our son’s bottles. Now I’m a BPA Nazi.

And not everyone is hearing the message.

Earlier this week Starbucks was serving up free coffee to anyone who swung through with a portable coffee mug. Guess what most of them were probably made of? BPA. Have a look. If your mug is plastic and has a 7 on the bottom, it’s, most likely, made of the nastiness. A colleague of mine was in Starbucks downtown checking out the mugs and you have to actually remove the price tag (you know the one that still doesnt accurately reflect exchange rates) to see the recycle number. Clever.

I do my groceries at Save-On-Foods and had to swing through the baby aisle to pick up some teething cookies for Z. Guess what their entire section of baby bottles consisted of? Avent. It’s a GREAT bottle, it’s what we used. It’s also one of the worst offenders when it comes to BPA.

Here’s what’s on the Avent BPA FAQ site this week (which, for the record, is different than last week):

Do Philips AVENT baby bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?
Philips AVENT reusable bottles, such as the AirFlex, are made from polycarbonate plastic. Polycarbonate plastic is approved for use and lawful for sale in every country where Philips AVENT products are sold, including in North America and Europe.

They never did answer the question. Do they contain BPA? Yes. But they won’t admit to it. Instead, they throw up another misdirecting question.

Do ALL Philips AVENT feeding products contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?
No. Our range of baby feeding products also includes products made from materials other than polycarbonate, hence not containing BPA. The Philips AVENT Via Feeding System, Tempo Liners and Magic range (Cups and Sportster) are made from polypropylene or polyethylene, neither of which contains BPA.

Okay, ALL Avent bottles may not have BPA, but guess what? The ones that most of us are using DO contain BPA and the company refuses to fess up to it.

Zrecs is a fantastic blog for info on BPA, they have done research on each and every baby bottle brand. They put Avent in their POOR list, the worst:

Dale Wytiaz, Avent America’s Vice President of Sales for North America, currently serves on the board of directors of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, which has maintained an aggressive stance in favor of polycarbonate plastic in public statements made as recently as February 2008. Avent is also listed as a member of the Coalition for Consumer Choice, a pro-BPA group which promotes anti-regulatory messages on behalf of major toy, feeding product, and trade organizations.
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And you wonder why I think these BPA baby bottle companies are just like big tobacco?

Avent sells a microwave sterilizer for your bottles. One of the ways the BPA is leeched out of the plastic is by heating the bottles. Nothing like sterilizing your baby’s bottles with toxin. We had one, thankfully our micro was too small for it to fit.

My blog’s traffic has seen a huge spike since I’ve been writing about BPA as the message spreads. You can see it in my GoogleAds at the bottom of each post. Most of them are BPA related.

The ironic thing is that while I have continued my attack on Avent and calling them out as a BPA offender, their ads continue to show up on my site. No doubt they have AdSense seeking out their name as a keyword to attach an ad to blogs and sites.

So here I am ripping them as a producer of toxic products for babies, and they’re gladly advertising on the site. They have to pay everytime someone clicks on their ad. I just want it to be clear I am NOT profiting from this toxic manufacturer. I am taking my site revenue and donating it to Team Diabetes.

If you have these bottles in your nursery, return them to London Drugs and get a full refund. Then use the store credit to feed your children using Born Free, Green to Grow or Think Baby.

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Take Your BPA Bottles to London Drugs

London Drugs BPA

Wow. Talk about good will.

London Drugs is taking back ALL bottles made with BPA. No.questions.asked. You get a gift card in amount of the FULL retail price.

A pal of mine told me about the program and Jen had heard about it too. She took ALL of our Avent bottles back, the nipples, the soothers, the microwave sterilizer. ALL OF IT. In the end, Jen walked out with a $200 store credit.

The guy at the Customer Service counter was apologizing to Jen for them having sold the stuff in the first place.

“London Drugs has been educating customers about the dangers of BPA since January,” said Wynne Powell, president of London Drugs. “When we learned of the possible risks from BPA, we immediately started purchasing BPA-free products and providing customers with information to help them make an informed choice when purchasing products like plastic baby bottles and sippy cups.

As concern continued to mount around BPA earlier this week, we immediately removed all baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, and select food containers and water bottles containing BPA from our store shelves. Our customer service specialists in our stores and at our head office in Richmond are available to answer our customers’ questions and provide information on these BPA alternatives.”
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We didnt buy our bottles from London Drugs, they were given as gifts at showers etc, but LD took them back.

They’ll also take back your stanky Nalgene bottles too.

Amazing. Congratulations. Way to go.

BTW, London Drugs sells BornFree, a brand of plastic bottles made WITHOUT BPA. We switched Z over to them this week and he has had no issues with the new nipples etc. Guess what we’re getting with our $200 gift card from London Drugs??

Thank you London Drugs. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Canada First To Take Action Against BPA

The Globe and Mail has been ALL OVER the BPA story this week. Again today, they have more revelations, and more evidence that BPA is harmful.

Bisphenol A… has the ability to alter the activity of genes in normal breast cells in ways that resemble what is found in extremely dangerous breast cancers, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by researchers in California and published this month in the journal Cancer Research, found that many genes in non-cancerous breast cells exposed to trace amounts of bisphenol A began acting in a way that closely resembled the gene activity in highly aggressive breast tumours that led to an increased likelihood that women would die of the disease.

The link “is highly supportive of the concept that overexposure to BPA and/or similar compounds could be an underlying factor in the aggressiveness, if not in the causality” of breast cancers, said Shanaz Dairkee, lead author of the study and senior scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco, in an e-mail.
[Globe and Mail]

With that ammunition, the Canadian government took action today to deem BPA a dangerous substance.

“Canada has been the first country in the world to conduct risk assessments on a number of chemicals of concern, as a result of a new initiative announced by the Prime Minister on December 8, 2006 known as the Chemicals Management Plan,” said Minister Clement. “We have immediately taken action on bisphenol A, because we believe it is our responsibility to ensure families, Canadians and our environment are not exposed to a potentially harmful chemical.”

It’s not enough to have it banned, but enough to scare retailers across the country to get the stuff off their shelves. Some manufacturers are also getting the message.

Nalge Nunc International, a division of Waltham, Mass.-based Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., said Friday it will substitute its Nalgene Outdoor line of polycarbonate plastic containers with BPA-free alternatives.

But some aren’t. Check out the headlines at bisphenol-a.org

Are the Myths About Polycarbonate Bottles True? New Information Supports the Safe Use of Polycarbonate Bottles – February 5, 2008
Polycarbonate Bottles Are Still Safe For Use – In Spite of the Latest Scare Story – January 31, 2008
New Data from CDC Confirms Human Exposure to Bisphenol A in the United States is Far Below Safe Limits – November 1, 2007
Sound Science Prevails in Review of Bisphenol A – August 8, 2007

Myths? Scare tactics? Safe?

Like I said yesterday, these arguments sound a lot like those that came from big tobacco in the 80s and 90s.

I’ve been most concerned about baby bottles and soothers and dishes with this news. But sports bottles and home water coolers are also affected. Yes, home water cooler jugs. The big ones where you get home delivery? Look at the number on the bottom.

A key to whether a bottle contains BPA can be found in the recycling number at the bottom of the bottle or on a label. Most drink containers sold in stores have the number “1″, recommended for one-time use only. Containers considered toxin-free include number “2″ high-density polyethylene (HDPE), number “4″ low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and number “5″ polypropylene (PP).

However, baby bottles, many drinking cups and polycarbonate bottles marked with recycle number “7″ contain BPA. Many oversized bottles used for home and office water coolers — including those from Canadian Springs — are made of the “7″ variety.

Calls to a half-dozen water companies that deliver to B.C. homes and offices, including Canadian Springs, were not returned Thursday.
[Vancouver Sun]

But not all water cooler jugs are bad, Dyna-Pro, a Winnipeg company, makes them BPA free and they’ve seen a boom in sales this year.

If you’re not willing to take chances with your life, or the life of your children, have a read of this earlier posting to find out companies that produce BPA free products and other steps you can take to be safe.

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Baby Bottle Manufacturers as Bad as Big Tobacco

I am floored as I write this.

I started to think this morning, as I did more research on BPA and who says it’s okay, and who says it’s bad, that the manufacturers were behaving like big tobacco back in the day.

You know, throwing out studies saying their products were just fine, thank you very much, while governments took steps to ban them.

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 use polycarbonate because it prevents cracking, shattering and other hazards that can lead to injuries. The key concern for parents is whether BPA can get into their child’s food through leaching from polycarbonate bottles.

That’s directly from the Avent website, one of the most popular manufacturers of baby bottles because their nipples are very representative of the human form. Jen’s friends all recommended Avent to us. This morning Jen called the company and, sure enough, they copped to the BPA and admitted their bottles have a recycle number of 7.

So Jen called the recycling depot and guess what? The bottles are NOT recyclable. They’re nasty, nasty, nasty.

I’ve been spreading the word amongst other parent bloggers that I know, including Dutch Blitz and Laughing Alone in the Dark to get the BPA alert out to other new parents. I saw a mention over at DaddyTypes just now, and I immediately ran to the blog.

The bottle manufacturers have heard the sabre rattling. They get that HBC, Canadian Tire, WalMart and others are removing BPA products from the shelves, and they’re fighting back – by saying nothing’s wrong.

Found in a wide variety of products, lightweight and shatter-resistant polycarbonate plastic has been the material of choice in baby bottles for 25 years. The potential for exposure to bisphenol A from bottles has been extensively examined and the results reviewed by government bodies worldwide that have responsibility for assessing the safety of consumer products.

“The findings in NTP’s draft report provide reassurance that consumers can continue to use products made from BPA,” said Robert Waller, Jr., CAE, president of JPMA. “Sound and respected scientific research has consistently shown there is no danger to consumers when products are used as intended.”

There is significant data available on the safety of BPA. From baby bottles and food packaging, to bicycle helmets and eyeglass lenses, as well as incubators and components of many life-saving medical devices, polycarbonate plastic makes everyday lives better and safer.
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It doesn’t make sense.

If it is so harmless, why is the Canadian government moving to label it a toxic substance? The use of BPA is so widespread, that to remove it from shelves will have significant impact. Why go through the hassle if it’s “no big deal” as JPMA and Avent would have us believe.

Cigarettes are killers. The tobacco company lied about it for decades before getting caught.

Now baby bottles are dangerous and the manufacturers are lying about it too? These are
BABIES we’re talking about. INFANTS. Our CHILDREN.

Why are you LYING to me about the health and safety of my child?

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What to do about BPA (Bispehenol A)

avent baby bottles have bpa

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Want to know why so many young girls are entering puberty around 10, when it used to be around 13 or 14? Want to know why so many teen boys can grow a full beard in Grade 10, when I could barely get peach fuzz?

Baby bottles. Specifically, plastic baby bottles laced with Bisphenol A (BPA).

They’re cute, they’re convenient, and they’re poisoning our children.

Retailers are making sweeping changes today in advance of Health Canada declaring BPA as a dangerous chemical. A dangerous chemical that appears in everything from infant food containers to compact discs.

It has now been linked to early onset puberty in children and breast cancer and prostate cancer in adults.

Health Canada is expected to issue a risk assessment this week that BPA is a potentially dangerous chemical, a move that could lead to some restrictions in its use, particularly for consumer applications that are likely to come into direct contact with foods or beverages.

The action by the Canadian government would be the first by any country to label the chemical used for decades in everything from baby bottles and the lacquer linings inside tin cans to dental sealants a possible health hazard. [Globe and Mail]

Avent, a leading manufacturer of baby bottles, tows the company line when asked if their bottles contain harmful levels of BPA by only saying their products meet government standards. Well, the government standards are about to change, and those bottles, in fact, DO contain BPA.

recycle number 7 otherDO YOUR BOTTLES CONTAIN BPA?

Look at the recycle number on the bottom. 1, 2, 4 and 5 are better. 3, 6 and 7 are bad.

The Zrecs blog is fabulous. It has a lot more info to help you find other safe products. Back in February, they wrote the Z Report on BPA which includes this list of companies who produce BPA-free products:

Adiri | Baby Bjorn | Baby Cie | Babylife (Wee-go) | BFree | Born Free | Brita | Combi | DCI | Ezee Reach | Emily Green | Green to Grow | iPlay | Kidbasix | KidCo | Klean Kanteen | Medela | Mother’s Milkmate | Mud Pie Baby | Not Neutral | Nurture Pure | Obentec | ORE Originals | Prince Lionheart | Rivadossi Sandro (Trebimbi) | SIGG | Silikids | Skip*Hop | Steadyco | Thermos | thinkbaby
[Z Report]

ZRecs also has a text service where you can text Zrecs and the company name to 69866 and they will text back with BPA info on that company.

SO WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT BPA?

sigg water bottleFirst off, learn as much as you can about BPA. Then, go through your cupboards and get rid of everything that might be hurting you, and your family.

One of the first things we did last week was switch up my son’s water bottle. We picked up a Sigg bottle made of aluminum from Whole Foods. Expensive as hell, but safe for my son.

There have been rumblings about this chemical for years, but many disagreements between the studies. But look deeper as to why the studies disagreed.

Dozens of studies by independent researchers have linked low exposure to BPA in animal and test-tube experiments to illnesses, such as cancer, that are thought to have an origin in hormone imbalances, although industry-funded studies haven’t been able to find the same effects.
[Globe and Mail]

Arm yourself with knowledge and make changes in your lifestyle. For your health. For the health of your children.

Here are some more tips from Green Living Online:

# Use a metal or glass water bottle
# Limit your use of canned goods or choose canned foods from makers who don’t use it, such as Eden Foods
# Learn how to cook your own foods that you typically buy in cans — like beans or chickpeas
# Choose soups, milk and soy milk packaged in cardboard “brick” cartons, by Tetra Pak and SIG Combibloc, with safer layers of aluminum and polyethylene (#2) that can also be recycled
# Use glass food storage containers instead of plastic
# Use glass baby bottles or plastic bag inserts made of polyethyelene, or switch to non-clear polypropylene bottles that are labeled with recycle #5
# Don’t buy canned infant formula
# Eat fresh foods in season to reduce your consumption of canned goods
# Buy or can your own foods in safe glass jars
# Stop using plastic wrap and plastic containers to heat food in microwaves. Ceramic and glass are better
# Throw out any old and scratched plastic bottles or plastic containers

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