April 2, 2008
Beaba Baby Cook
A reader recommended this baby-food maker to us. I always liked the idea of making my own baby food, but I was never ambitious enough to attempt it. This appliance is designed to make making baby food easy. It works as a steamer, blender, warmer, and defroster. You steam veggies, fruit, or meat and then puree them to the desired consistency. It comes with a 2 1/2-cup polycarbonate bowl, cooking basket, spatula, and recipe booklet.
Beaba Baby Cook
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Posted by Maya Bazar at April 2, 2008 7:46 AM
I don't know how old you all are...but i bet most of you grew up drinking from plastic bottles whether from baby bottles or plain water bottles. And you all turned out ok (Maybe not). So really...should you go crazy over this? And yes, i am a mother too.
You know what I find interesting--everyone who keeps citing things about BPA but have no idea what it is! I have researched many scientific studies about this to include the FDA, Canadian and European panels and they all confirm there are "safe" levels of the product which all plastic products on the shelf abide by. So, before we all claim "Class Action Suits" you may want to do your homework because you will LOSE!! Please do not embarass yourself by these claims. It's your choice to buy or return but don't scare others away from the products. You would be surprised as to all the products out there today that contain BPA and you would never know it to include metallic can lining etc.
Use a regular steam basket in a pan on your stove top and a glass pitcher blender. Less expensive and you probably have it already!
I was looking into buying this product but now I am severely confused! And what is the Bebedelice cooking product? Is that product safe? I just want a safe cooking product for my son! I'm just trying to get him good nutrition,no additives,fast,easy and safe! If this isn't the right product for me then can someone tell me what is?
Can anyone say CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT??
There's nothing more I hate than BIG business (Williams Sonoma and it's owning of Pottery Barn & Pottery Barn Kids)and greed taking advantage of the little guy, the consumer...us.
Contact me if you are interested and serious about looking into this further.
I bought the Beaba and have been using it for a few weeks. Then yesterday it dawned on me and I started wondering how the plastic could be safe when it was being heated so hot it practically burns my hand when it's done steaming. So....I also contacted WS. They had NO knowledge about it and the lady said it should have a number 7 on the container. I told her it didn't say anything and if it had a 7 that would be a very bad thing. She said she'd get back to me. I think I've heard and read all I need to. I'll be taking mine back to WS and they can refund me promptly. Thanks for this site. Glad to see there are others out there thinking the same way. Hopefully you all will return yours as well. The only way consumers will make a change is to speak up and return unsafe items. I can't believe they have let this into their stores!!! In the past I saw them as so reputable! It makes me so mad and scared for my 6 month old too!
My advice is don't buy or return. Any plastic that is hard and clear is likely polycarbonate. WS or Baeba can throw out other chemical names out there (does that actually make you feel better?), but until they can produce an actual study indicating the leech levels of BPA, then there is no proof that this product is safe.
So what is the deal? Buy it or return it? I keep hearing two different sides of the story. WS has been selling out of this product regularly. We as mothers need to let others know what is safe or not. It seems no one is 100% sure what to do. Can anyone give a straight answer or give accurate research. By the way, the cooking bowl is now saying Polypropylene and steam basket is Polysulfone. Anyone care to comment? Desperate for guidance on this matter... bought one today and saw the website one hour later.
The issue is that almost all plastics contain some BPA. However, BPA-free just means that there is a very small amount (small enough to be specified as BPA-free). I also contacted the manufacturer BEABA. Here is their reply (this is a French company so the English is not perfect).
from Aurore COQUELIN
date Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 4:57 AM
subject RE: Demande ou requete SAV
Concerning your demand, please find attached some elements of answer.
All our products are regularly all tested by independent laboratories and answer the European standards current, moreover renowned very strict and severe. There is a standard for all the intended nursery items the liquid and solid food. In this standard, a test is made to determine the quantity of Bisphénol A being able to migrate. It is thus impossible in Europe to sell a product intended for the children, having a risk of letting a too important quantity of Bisphénol A propagate (the threshold of eligibility of this substance given by the standard is moreover very low).
I give you as information, the main materials used in our products:
- Babycook: polypropylene PP and PSU.
- Jars of preservation: Polycarbonate PC.
Indeed the polycarbonate contains it, for the other materials, it is delicate to take position, there is potentially a part of bisphénol in the components of origin of every material but I do not think that residues are necessarily present in the final polymer (if existing). Sorry of this partial answer but we try hard to answer at most the European standards + the USA (notably for the babycook) and let us try to disregard "false" or "true" demonstrated debates and against demonstrated on subjects as the bisphénol A or the other.
Wishing you good reception of our answer,
I experienced the same jargon from WS after asking several times. I also contacted Mothercare (UK) and they were very honest about it's contents. Z Reccommends has stated it does contain polycarbonate and os not safe for babies.
I spoke with the manufacturer today and they confirmed the bowl is made of polycarbonate and they have no plans to switch to BPA-free plastic. Spread the word - this product is not safe for babies. The best way to instigate change is to apply customer pressure - they apparently do not see all of the outrage about polycarbonate in the baby bottle market as a threat to their product.
I contacted WS as well as I would love to see this in writing. This is the reply I got:
"We have received word from our Corporate Office regarding the Beaba Baby Cook (#5279732). This item has been verified to be safe. It does not contain PVC and therefore will not leach bisphenol a."
Despite me mentioning the polycarbonate, they replied about PVC plastic. I would also like to see it on their website or from the manufacturer as well.
I did contact Williams Sonoma about this same question, since the description of the product specifically says "polycarbonate plastic", which is the BPA type of plastic. They said that the Beaba BabyCook does NOT leak the BPA chemicals, but I'd still like to see that on their website, or hear it directly from the manufacturer of this product.
This sounds like a great product. I was about to order one when I had a troubling thought. It would be interesting to know what kind of plastic is used for the main container. If it contains Biphenol-A (BPA) then the harmful contents of the plastic will leach in to the contents when heat is applied. They make baby bottles now of a special plastic that doesn't contain BPA and I hope the manufacturer has done the same thing. If anybody knows, I would appreciate hearing back. I will also try to contact Williams Sonoma about this.