I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
This is my email to Gerber about the safety of plastics for children and their response.
4/3/2006 2:59 PM
With all of the scientific unknowns about the use and chemicals in the manufacturing of #7 plastic that are known to leach the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), it maybe prudent to err on the side of caution and stop using the plastic containers for your Gerber Baby food (for example Applesauce). The recommendation has been not to microwave anything in a #7 container, but your foil top on the baby food states “remove foil seal before microwaving. I implore you to stop for our kid’s sake, this may turn out to be the smoking gun for the rise in Autism and you would not like to be the company that sat on their hands with this issue. Gerber has always been known to be first and foremost for kid’s safety. Make a statement, step out and step up and show people that Gerber really does care about kids. Be the leader and do something about this.
The following is the web site and a small excerpt from it
While the levels of BPA that leach from hard plastics are generally low, we recommend avoiding use of plastic containers to heat food in the microwave, especially food for children. Ceramic, glass, and other microwaveable dishware are good alternatives. Avoid using old and scratched plastic bottles.
Randy Hollenbeck4/6/2006 3:28 PM Randy,
Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding your concern with our plastic baby food containers.
The FDA regulations define the limits for potential interaction between food and plastics, and Gerber's packaging exceeds these FDA standards. In addition, Gerber uses high-quality multi-layer plastic to ensure the safety of the products. The primary materials are polystyrene (exterior) and polyethylene (interior), which are approved for use by the FDA in a wide variety of food containers today.
To assure the safety of the plastic containers used by Gerber, our Product Safety Department has analyzed the containers and the food for safety after repeated microwave cycles. Dioxins (chemical contaminates) were not detected.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please call 1-800-4-GERBER and refer to File No. 009704076A. Our representatives are available any time day or night to assist you.
Best wishes from your friends @ gerber.com.
NET/csg 4/6/2006 7:22 PM
Thank you for the information; this should be something that you are telling people, on your web site, on the packaging, in commercials. Just get the word out.