America's third largest grocery chain, Safeway, announced last week that it will stop selling plastic baby bottles made with Bisphenol A (BPA), a controversial hormone-disrupting chemical linked to a wide range of human health problems. The decision by Safeway comes on the heels of Canada banning baby bottles containing the chemical.
Safeway is not the only major U.S. company to voluntary stop using or selling BPA-containing products. Whole Foods, Walmart, Toys-R-Us, Nalgene and Camelbak have all sworn off the stuff, with many more retailers and manufacturers sure to follow suit.
"Once again, we have a major retailer setting stringent public health safety standards in an effort to reduce babies" exposure to this toxic chemical," Sonya Lunder, a scientist at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, told reporters. "This is a job that should be done by the FDA. Safeway's action is another blow to the federal Food and Drug Administration's increasingly isolated position that a toxic sex hormone is somehow safe in baby products."
Source: Environmental Working Group