Similac Responds to Request to Stop Using BPA

By Kristie Turck •  Published 01/14/08 •  2 min read

In early December, Safe Mama participated in a talk with Sonya from EWG about BPA in formula. And later that month, Andrea from Little Bald Doctors wrote a letter to Isomil/Similac using the EWG’s sample letter to ask formula companies to stop using BPA.

Mommy Off the Record posted Andrea’s letter and Similac’s response. In addition, she included both Andrea’s and Sonya’s rebuttal to Isomil/Similac.

Here’s a brief part of the company’s response:

BPA is one of the most extensively tested substances used in food and pharmaceutical packaging and has been approved for use in the U.S. for 50 years. It is also one of a number of compounds used in many consumer products across a number of industries, including the food industry.

And to me, it doesn’t look like Isomil/Similac thinks there’s anything wrong with their packaging because, of course, if it’s legal it must be safe. We’ve all heard that before, right?

When I was in the hospital for the birth of my son, I did have to supplement with formula until my milk came in. But we had pre-mixed formula in glass bottles. And if for some reason I do need to supplement again, I will be looking for glass containers or powdered formula in non-metal cans.

Go check Mommy Off the Record for the rest of the story. And it looks like we’ll need to continue avoiding those metal formula packages until manufacturers realize that we moms are serious about protecting our kids — even if the compounds they use are “legal.”