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Plastics-related toxic chemicals are finding their way into everything--including baby milk

The Infant Formula Council:
5775-G Peachtree-Dunwoody Road
Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: 404-252-3663

Mead Johnson Nutritionals (Enfamil):
Customer Resource Center B-125
2400 West
Lloyd Expressway
Evansville, IN 47721

Ross Products (Similac):
Abbott Laboratories
100 Abbott Park Rd.
Abbott Park, IL 60064-3500
Phone: 847-937-6100; Fax: 847-937-1511

Nestle USA, Inc. (Carnation products): 800 North Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
Phone: 818-549-6000; fax: 818-549-6952

Write to the Food and Drug Administration and ask the agency to test particular products for phthalates, and if the chemicals are found above the limits of detection, mandate that manufacturers eliminate the production source of phthalates. Any additional exposure above "background levels" is too much, particularly when it can be prevented. Send correspondence to:

Dr. Michael Bolger
Contaminants Division
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Office of Special Nutritionals (HFS-450)
200 C Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20204.

Reduce or eliminate your use of PVC plastic. PVC alone accounts for ninety-five percent of the DEHP used. Avoid items labeled "vinyl" or that are stamped with the plastics code #3. If in doubt, ask the merchant if it's PVC. Not buying or using PVC is one way we can all help reduce the overall environmental levels of DEHP.

Jackie Hunt Christensen is the Food Safety Project Director at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis. Her November 1997 Minnesota Parent story, "Toxic Toys," exposed the dangers of PVC in children's toys and teethers. Jackie and her husband live in Minneapolis and have two sons.

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