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WASHINGTON (October 19, 2020) – Trinity College Dublin released a study today on microplastics and infant-feeding bottles during formula preparation. The statement below can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division:

We completely understand parents’ concern for the safety and health of their children. They should know that the safety of plastics used in contact with foods, including baby bottles, is very well regulated in both the U.S. and Canada with the help of expert scientists in these countries’ respective food and drug agencies. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) considers temperature conditions, such as heating, as part of its regulatory approach to food contact.

While the Trinity College Dublin study reports finding microplastics, the authors do not claim that plastic is unsafe or presents a health risk. It is important to understand that detecting something does not mean that it presents a health risk. The study’s key findings recommend a series of sterilization and preparation procedures.

Reporting about small particles can sound alarming, in part because detection methods allow us to detect smaller and smaller particles. While microplastics have been found in drinking water, the World Health Organization found no reliable evidence to suggest ingesting microplastic particles though drinking water is a concern.


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