In the summer of 2016:
[A] small Texas-based company began marketing a plastic baby bottle it claims is the first on the market to be “guaranteed” safe from health risks associated with bottles made from commonly used bisphenol-A (BPA).
“The rollout is modest; the company is selling the bottle on a website and using crowdsourcing to fund broader distribution of a $19.95 baby bottle aimed at parents concerned about the health effects of plastics.
“Yet this is no ordinary product launch. Behind the small-scale marketing of one new product by a tiny company is an important story with national implications. It’s a story that pits academic science against corporate science and raises as many questions about freedom of speech and commerce as about public health.
“It starts with a University of Texas scientist named George Bittner, who has been one of the nation’s most relentless advocates of safer plastics, despite efforts by the Eastman Chemical Company to silence him. Bittner is one of the small-business owners behind the introduction of the “Productpure” baby bottle.”
Read the rest at the Washington Spectator: Building a Better Baby Bottle Dispatches from the great plastics war
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