Study: Baby Bottles Shed Plastic Particles
NEW STUDY IN NATURE: BABY BOTTLES CAN SHED PLASTIC PARTICLES, THOUGH THE EXACT HEALTH RISK REMAINS UNKNOWN
(CNN) – New parents preparing a bottle for their baby should know the infant could be ingesting unwanted microplastics along with the formula.
A new study in the journal nature indicates that microplastics can seep out of a heated baby bottle.
This follows previous findings on human exposure to tiny plastic particles in the ocean and our soil.
This potential risk is brought about when plastics degrade in the environment.
Researchers say they don’t want to alarm parents yet because there isn’t enough information yet on the potential consequences.
But they do recommend that baby formula should not be reheated in plastic containers or microwave ovens.
They also recommend against shaking the formula inside a plastic bottle.
While the jury is out on what harm if any microplastics might cause, researchers plan to make recommendations for safer practices in the future.