Healthcare: On the Agenda - NCT urges change to baby bottles

- In a nutshell

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has called on companies selling baby bottles in the UK to follow the lead of the US and produce bottles using non-bisphenol A (BPA) plastics.

- Why the controversy?

The chemical BPA is used in many baby bottles sold in the UK. There is evidence to suggest it can interfere with healthy growth and bodily functions and that it mimics the effect of oestrogen.

- What has prompted the call?

Six companies have agreed to stop selling bottles made with BPA within the US. It has been reported that Avent, First Years Disney, Gerber, Dr. Brown's, Playtex and Evenflo voluntarily stopped manufacturing BPA baby bottles for sale within the US. NCT chief executive Belinda Phipps said: 'There are now viable alternatives to BPA that can be used to produce clear plastic baby bottles. There is no reason to continue using this chemical when there is concern about its risks.'

- Media coverage

The story was broken on BBC Breakfast on Saturday. It was picked up by Channel 4 News, ITV News, Daily Mail, Radio Five Live News and The Daily Telegraph.

- PR support?

The media coverage was generated by the NCT internal team, headed up by media manager Nicola Ryan.

- What happens now?

Ryan said the charity would be talking with other interested organisations to drive the campaign forward.

2008 - Year Canada formally declared BPA a hazardous substance

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