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Korean Journal of Child Health Nursing 2004;10(1):108-116.
A Survey of Disinfection Methods for Formula Bottle.
In Hae Lee, Yeong Hee Shin, Eun Sil Lee
1Department of Nursing, Yeungnam College of Science & Technology, Korea. ihlee@ync.ac.kr
2College of Nursing, Keimyung University, Korea.
3Department of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Korea.
PURPOSE: There has been a number of reports on elution of bisphenol-A, an endocrine disrupting chemical, from milk bottles, all concerning the potential health effect of the substance. In this study, we measured the elution of bisphenol-A from milk bottles during boiling-water sterilization, to suggest a safe sterilization method. METHOD: Through the survey of 200 mothers, 78.5% of them expressed their concern on the possible harmful effect of bisphenol-A, which might be eluted from the bottles. And it was found that most mothers use boiling-water to sterilize bottles; duration of boiling bottles could be divided into three groups of 3, 5, and 10 minutes. We measured the elution of bisphenol- A from three different brands of bottles, subject to various mode of sterilization found in the survey. RESULT: In all the measurements, the concentration of the eluted bisphenol-A was in the range of 0.3 - 0.7 ppb, far below 2.5ppm, the level set up by Korea Food & Drug Administration(KFDA) for a potential harmful effect. CONCLUSION: Although trace amount of bisphenol -A can be eluted from polycarbonate milk bottles during sterilization, and bottle feeding, the amount is found to be too small to cause any health related impact for infants.
Key words: Bottle feeding; Sterilization; Endocrine effect; Bisphenol -A
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