Wal-Mart Announces Plans to Phase Out Plastic Bottles Containing BPA - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/18/08

Wal-Mart Announces Plans to Phase Out Plastic Bottles Containing BPA

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The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has announced that it will stop selling baby bottles made with a controversial chemical called Bisphenol-A. Bisphenol-A, also known as "BPA," is widely used in plastic products, like bottles and food containers.

Earlier this week, NewsChannel 11 told you about a report from the National Institutes of Health that expressed concern over the chemical, explaining that exposure to the chemical may be linked to prostate cancer, breast cancer and early puberty.

Wal-Mart says it will immediately stop selling baby bottles, sippy-cups, pacifiers and any water bottles that contain BPA in stores in Canada. The stores in the United States will phase out plastic products with BPA gradually, and are expected to stop selling them completely by early 2009.

Wal-Mart already sells baby bottles that are free of BPA.

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