Even extreme tests show PC bottles safe
Your April 26, Page 38 article on Consumer Reports' recent allegations regarding migration of bisphenol-A from polycarbonate baby bottles omitted some critical facts:
First, the Consumers Union's migration tests were run in 10 percent alcohol at boiling point for one-half hour. Infant formula is not alcohol and never is exposed to these extreme conditions.
Significantly, though the migration tests were conducted under atypical conditions, they still gave results that ranged only from 0.3-1.3 parts per billion for BPA. This extremely small amount is far below any concentration the scientific community, including the Food and Drug Administration, considers significant when assessing health risks.
Thus it can be stated without qualification that polycarbonate baby bottles are safe for use under the expected application of that product.
Bonnie Merrill Limbach
Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
Firms share name, but are not affiliated
I would like to address your April 19, Page 3 story headlined ``Unitemp adding Mich. plant.''
Unitemp Inc. is a Michigan corporation that has a existing plant in Benton Harbor, Mich. Our company manufactures Pekutherm Purging compounds and represents, distributes and services the Worner Manual Quick Clamping Systems and Worner Quick Ejector Couplers. We are not associated with Unitemp SA, a Swiss corporation.
We want to assure our customers that we are still in business and have been since 1984. We continue to provide our customers with sales, training, basic engineering and customer service. Thanks to our customers and their loyalty, we have witnessed the expansion of Unitemp Inc. and its products.
We appreciate how Plastics News has ardently endeavored to correct any misinformation that it may have received regarding this article. We continue to use and enjoy the up-to-date information that Plastics News provides to the employees and customers of Unitemp Inc.
Bernd M. Krebs
SPI too old? No way!
I had to laugh at myself. I must be getting cranky as I get older.
I was reading Steve Toloken's April 26, Page 10 article ``SPI, APC breakup brings disappointment,'' when I happened upon the following quote: ``To be honest with you, SPI is so old. Somebody new coming in — I welcome fresh ideas.''
The implication is that an organization that has been around for 50 years does not have any new ideas, and an organization that has been around for just a few years has only new ideas. Nonsense.
Both organizations are the product of their members. If the speaker of those words is not happy with the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. (or the American Plastics Council), then I suggest he joins them and participate. I find myself getting irritated with people who complain about the industry's trade organizations when they are not members.
This goes for everyone out there. If you don't participate, then you really don't have much to complain about. It's like voting: If you don't vote, then you really don't have much to complain about if the candidate you dislike gets elected. If you don't like what the organization does, then join it and change it.
Dana Molded Products Inc.
Arlington Heights, Ill.