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Mother Sues Nalgene Over Chemical in Plastic Containers

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A mother is suing Nalgene over the use of the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, in its plastic containers.

Nalgene Inc. announced last week that it will phase out production of its containers that contain BPA over the next few months.  The chemical is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.

Some studies have found that BPA is linked to hormone disruptions in rats, early puberty, and cancer.  Government and industry officials continue to say that the chemical is safe when it is used in small doses.  Some consumer groups are insisting that the FDA re-investigate the chemical.

The lawsuit was filed brought by California mother Lani Felix-Lozano, who said she bought the company’s reusable beverage containers for herself and her two daughters, now ages 11 and 13, for several years, Reuters reports.  It charges that Nalgene continued using the chemical in its containers long after studies linked it to health risks.

The lawsuit did not mention any health problems with Felix-Lozano or her children and seeks unspecified damages.