Thursday, April 24, 2008

Nalgene Sued For Selling Toxic Sports Bottles

A California mother sued Nalge Nunc International Corp, claiming the company knew, but downplayed risks, that a toxic substance in its popular Nalgene plastic sports bottles could leach into the bottles' contents and sicken consumers.
The case, filed on Tuesday, is believed to be the first consumer class action over the use of Bisphenol A, or BPA, in plastic sports bottles since Canada moved to ban baby bottles containing the substance and the U.S. government expressed concern over its safety last week.

Nalge Nunc, a unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc, said on Friday it will phase out production of its Outdoor line of polycarbonate containers that include BPA over the next several months.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc also said on Friday it will pull baby bottles and other products made with BPA from its Canada stores immediately and phase the items out of its U.S. stores next year.

You can read more here.

Some questions:
-Do you use the Nalgene bottles? Will you keep using them?
-Why do you think they are pulling them immediately from Canadian shelves but phasing them out from US shelves next year? Either their are harmful or they are not yes?
-Should testing be longer and more extensive before it is released for consumers to buy? How long is long enough? A lifetime?
-Why just baby bottles? If it is harmful, why not ban it in all items that contain it that we use for drinking/eating?

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