When the bisphenol-A warning came out earlier this year cautioning the use of certain brands of baby bottles, I cleared out my cupboard.
Now, a research organization, the Environmental Working Group, insists that low doses of BSA can pose a risk to children and questions whether infant formula sold in cans lined with BSA (to protect the formula from the metal can) are safe.
EWG's website lists four major brands — Nestlé, Similac, Enfamil and PBM (who make store-brand formulas for WalMart, Target, Kroger and other retailers) as makers who use PBA in the linings of their liquid formula cans. And, most also use it in their powder formula containers.
Yesterday, a CNN story explored the issue. It said:
"The group (EWG) says, based on its analysis of existing research on BPA, even a very small amount of the compound may cause a host of problems, from brain and behavioral disorders to cancer, a claim the formula makers and federal regulators adamantly deny."
The EWG's website recommends powder formula over the liquid because "calculations indicate that babies fed reconstituted powdered formula likely receive 8 to 20 times less BPA than those fed liquid formula from a metal can."