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O-I returns to baby bottle production

Post Time:Nov 27,2008Classify:Company NewsView:571

Glass packaging firm O-I has started manufacturing baby's bottles in the US for the first time in 20 years.

O-I said that concerns over the impact of Bisphenol A (BPA) in some plastic bottles had led to increased demand for glass bottles in North America and that a similar trend was being seen in Europe.

The sector has been keen to promote glass as packaging that makes food "taste the way nature intended" and O-I said the trend towards organic and natural foods had led some manufacturers to turn back to glass.

Dominique Tombeur, O-I Europe vice president for marketing and communication, said: "While we support breastfeeding as undoubtedly the best option, many mothers are not able to feed their baby in this way. Glass has been trusted by generations of mothers and can be safe for generations to come."

UK childcare retailer Mothercare told Packaging News that glass baby bottle sales were low – about 1% of sales – but that it had taken the view to offer choice enabling customers to make informed decisions.

Mothercare said that all its polycarbonate-based bottles comply with the current UK and European legislation on BPA levels, and it also sells polypropylene bottles that were free from BPA.

Next year, it is set to launch a wide-neck bottle made from PP, while Tommee Tippee and Avent are also due to introduce BPA-free bottles.

Mothercare has published information about baby's feeding bottles to address parents' concerns surrounding BPA via its website and a leaflet.

Source: packagingnews.co.ukAuthor: shangyi

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