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March 29, 2014 | Dana Sullivan Kilroy
There's a reason wine and spirits are stored in glass: purity of taste. Plastic (and, to a lesser degree, metal) can impart various "flavors" into the liquids it comes into contact with. But that's just one reason that glass is an increasingly popular alternative to plastic and aluminum or stainless steel sport-style bottles. Another is peace of mind. About five years ago, scientists and the Food and Drug Administration started issuing warnings about bisphenol A, commonly called BPA, a chemical used in plastics and in the linings of some metal vessels.
April 15, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
When the Kool-Aid Man next hurtles through some unsuspecting homeowner's wall, he'll look snazzier, more up-to-date, more “lifelike,” according to parent company Kraft Foods Group Inc. Which means that Kool-Aid Man -- a giant, anthropomorphic, red liquid-filled pitcher that's been around since 1954 -- will be “technologically advanced [and] CGI-generated” instead of the costumed character he once was, according to Kraft. The mascot for the drink mix brand is undergoing “a serious makeover with a brand-new modern look and distinctive voice” for an advertising campaign plugging the company's liquid mix. The product allows customers to add drops of sugar-free juice mix to water to create customized beverage blends.
November 8, 2010 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The evidence for bisphenol A's negative health effects keeps piling up. In a study released Monday in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the Harvard Medical School reported that the chemical interferes with reproduction in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans . Scientists had already shown that bisphenol A, which is used in many plastics and in the linings of food cans , is associated with...
December 20, 1987 | GLEN WARCHOL, United Press International
It happened in September but Mike Weflen says it seems like it has been one long day since his wife, Julie, a Bonneville Power Administration worker, disappeared from a remote substation north of Spokane. "I work on it from the time I get up to the time I go to sleep," Weflen, 32, said of the search. "It's the only thing that keeps me going." Weflen, a painting contractor, quit working to spread more than 100,000 posters and buttons with Julie's picture throughout the Pacific Northwest.
July 18, 2009 | Amy Littlefield
A state panel will not require warning labels on metal cans, plastic bottles and other products that contain bisphenol A, despite more than 200 studies that have linked the chemical to cancer and reproductive problems. Wednesday's unanimous decision may speak to the limitations of the state Environmental Protection Agency's Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Dorothy Burk, chairwoman of the committee, acknowledged its reach is limited.
June 27, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
For consumers, a major problem with judging the threat posed by the chemical bisphenol A -- a chemical used in the manufacture of many plastics that can mimic estrogens in the body -- is that researchers disagree about how dangerous it really is.  (For more on this controversy, check out the related links to the left.) Now researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia studying deer mice are shedding light on another way to measure the chemical's effects: Look at subtle changes in animals' behavior and cognition -- specifically, sexually selected behavioral and cognitive traits that drive their ability to find and attract a mate.
June 3, 2009 | Eric Bailey
Despite a fierce lobbying effort by the U.S. chemical industry, the state Senate narrowly approved a proposal Tuesday that would ban the use of a substance in baby bottles, toddler sippy cups and food containers that independent scientists say is a threat to childhood development. The bill by state Sen.
March 30, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall and Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it would not ban the use of bisphenol A, also known as BPA, in food packaging but said it would continue research on the health effects of the widely used chemical. Although it rejected a petition by an environmental group to outlaw the compound in food and beverage containers, the agency did not close the door on future regulation. "This is not a final safety determination on BPA," FDA spokesman Douglas Karas said. "There is a commitment to doing a thorough evaluation of the risk of BPA. " Scientists are still working to determine what effects BPA, which mimics estrogen in the body, has on human health once ingested.
September 17, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
The first large-scale human study of a chemical used to make plastic baby bottles, aluminum can linings and myriad other common products found double the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver problems in people with the highest concentrations in their urine, British researchers reported Tuesday. The findings confirm earlier results obtained in animals, increasing pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to limit use of the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA.
May 19, 2008 | Karen Ravn, Special to The Times
The synthetic chemical bisphenol A has long been found in many household products, but it's just starting to become a household name. Not to mention a hot topic in the scientific community. "Papers about it are being published at the rate of about one a day," says John Bucher, associate director for the National Toxicology Program, an agency of the National Institutes of Health.
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