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Shannon Jenest, a spokesperson for Philips Avent, parent of Avent America, said the company has not seen the letter and plans to review it carefully upon receipt.
"Philips Avent offers an entire range of infant feeding products made from a variety of materials, including those which are BPA free," Jenest said. "We are committed to meeting the varying needs of our consumers and we will continue to evaluate our products with this in mind."
Several states are considering restricting BPA use, and some manufacturers have begun promoting BPA-free baby bottles. St. Louis-based Handicraft, maker of Dr. Brown's baby bottles, says on its Web site that its newest bottles do not contain BPA and urges consumers to check its products for symbols that identify bottles that don't contain the chemical. A message was left with the company seeking comment Monday.
Some U.S. stores, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys "R" Us, have already said they're phasing out products that contain BPA. The European Union has said BPA-containing products are safe, but Canada's government has proposed banning the sale of baby bottles with BPA as a precaution.
BPA is used in lightweight, durable plastics. Products include some baby bottles, sippy cups and reusable food and drink containers, such as reusable sports water bottles, Tupperware, compact discs, DVDs, eyeglass lenses and sports safety goggles and helmets.
BPA is also in epoxy resins used to make paints, adhesives and canned food liners.
Animal studies have linked BPA with breast, prostate and reproductive system abnormalities and some cancers, but experts disagree on whether it poses health risks for humans.
The FDA's advice for consumers who want to reduce exposure includes avoiding plastic containers imprinted with the recycling number '7,' as many of those contain BPA, and avoid warming food in such containers, the FDA said.
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