Mother Sues Nalgene Claiming Company Downplayed Health Risks of Plastic Chemical BPA

A mother is suing the maker of Nalgene sports bottles over its use of the controversial chemical Bisphenol A in its plastic containers, Reuters reports.

Nalge Nunc, a unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., announced Friday it will phase out production of its Outdoor line of containers that include BPA, a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, over the next several months.

Some studies have linked BPA to hormone disruptions, infertility, early puberty, and cancer, but government and industry officials continue to insist the chemical is safe when used in small amounts.

The lawsuit was filed brought by California mother Lani Felix-Lozano, who said she bought the company's reusable beverage containers for herself and her two daughters, now ages 11 and 13, for several years, Reuters reports.

It charges that Nalgene continued using the chemical in its containers long after studies linked it to health risks.

The lawsuit does not mention any health ailments suffered by the plaintiff and seeks unspecified damages, the report says.

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