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Parents Switching to Glass for Baby's Bottle; Plastic Fears Affecting Sales
JSOnline ^ | December 26, 2007 | Susanne Rust

Posted on 12/26/2007 6:18:55 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin

Local moms are playing it cautious when it comes to their babies' bottles.

Retailers throughout southeastern Wisconsin say they have seen a swell of interest in glass and bisphenol A-free baby bottles in the past few weeks. So much so that a store manager at USA Baby in Brookfield said manufacturers have been unable to keep up with his customers' demands.

"We've really seen a surge in the last month," said Tom Blackmore, manager of USA Baby. "It's been hard to keep glass bottles in stock."

A growing body of research indicates that bisphenol A - a chemical used to make the hard, clear plastic called polycarbonate, as well as the epoxy resins used to line aluminum cans - is harmful to laboratory animals.

In a first-of-its-kind newspaper analysis this month, the Journal Sentinel reviewed 258 scientific studies that looked at the effects of bisphenol A on live laboratory animals with spines, and found that an overwhelming majority of those studies indicated the chemical is toxic, even at doses below those considered safe by U.S. regulators.

And two government panels, including one that has come under fire as being biased toward chemical-makers, warned this year that bisphenol A might be dangerous to developing fetuses and children younger than 3.

A check of local stores indicates that moms are heeding the warning, and Blackmore's experience at USA Baby is not isolated.

Switching baby's bottle

Whole Foods recently expanded its aisle display of Born Free baby bottles, which are bisphenol A free, due to heightened demand. Other local purveyors of glass and bisphenol A-free baby bottles, including Babies R Us in Brookfield and Happy Bambino in Madison, have also witnessed a growing market for these bottles.

"Glass bottles are really hard to keep in stock," said Damis Newman, sales representative at Happy Bambino. "I get at least a couple of calls every day asking about glass," or bisphenol A-free bottles.

Carrie Clement, a mother of two in West Allis, said she just recently switched from Avent polycarbonate bottles to a bisphenol A-free plastic bottle.

"It's so unfortunate that I even had to make this choice," she said. "I feel angry by the fact that bisphenol A has been shown to contribute to health issues and yet the companies still make baby bottles with it."

However, not all parents are buying into the concern.

Angelique Fehr of Milwaukee decided not to switch her almost 1-year-old son to a bisphenol A-free bottle. She said she didn't find the evidence against bisphenol A compelling enough to toss her bottle supply and buy new ones.

"After reviewing all the information," she said. "I decided I was not concerned about bisphenol A any more than I am concerned about any other environmental toxin."

But throughout the country, parents are seeking alternatives to polycarbonate bottles.

Many companies are now offering alternatives to their standard lot of polycarbonate bottles, including Gerber, which makes the Clearview bisphenol A-free bottle, and Evenflo, which has a line of glass bottles. Both Born Free and Medela have always made bisphenol A-free bottles.

Michael Greenman, executive director of the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council, the trade group for glass makers, said there has been an increase in sales in recent months. He did not have exact figures.

"Some mothers and families would rather not have the bisphenol A possibility," he said. "There has been a rebirth of that (use of glass bottles) and we're pleased with that, and we think it's quite appropriate." Sales rise with awareness

Jim Thor, vice president of promotions for the Los Angeles-based NurturePure, which sells glass baby bottles online, said his company has seen sale spikes, with the biggest increases in California and Canada, where lawmakers have given the issue a lot of attention.

"Nationwide, we've had an increase in sales of over 500 percent over a six-month period of time," he said, declining to disclose sales figures or the number of bottles sold.

He said from May to August sales increased by 87%; from August to September, 97%; September to October, 163%; and October to November, 271%.

"A lot of parents want to go more toward a glass bottle, but there are still concerns about durability," he said. However, his company plans to release a new glass bottle soon that is wrapped in a silicone shell. It also is looking into bisphenol A-free plastic bottles.

He's confident the increase in sales will continue as more attention is focused on bisphenol A.

"It's surprising the amount of parents who are not yet aware," he said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: chemicals; glass; health; plastic; plastics; polycarbonate
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What time is Meryl Streep scheduled to weep on Capitol Hill over this situation? ;)

(And when can I get the media to pick up on yet another manufactured panic that will make ME gobs of money? Dang!)

1 posted on 12/26/2007 6:18:56 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Well...it’s more likely the warming in the microwave IN THE BOTTLE may be the problem....JMHO


2 posted on 12/26/2007 6:21:04 PM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"Nationwide, we've had an increase in sales of over 500 percent over a six-month period of time," he said, declining to disclose sales figures or the number of bottles sold.

Lets see if you sold no glass bottle last month and one mother bought five this months how much would that be. Be back in an hour are so gone to hunt calculator. LOL

3 posted on 12/26/2007 6:41:22 PM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

EVERYBODY PANIC!


4 posted on 12/26/2007 6:51:40 PM PST by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

A Coca-Cola always taste better out of a glass bottle verses the plastic bottle. (in my consumer-report opinion)


5 posted on 12/26/2007 6:54:53 PM PST by rawhide
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Any bets on the time of the first class action lawsuit??


6 posted on 12/26/2007 6:57:54 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

>>>”Glass bottles are really hard to keep in stock,”

Breasts aren’t :)


7 posted on 12/26/2007 7:01:26 PM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

We heat the milk in a glass in the microwave, then pour it into the bottle. Problem solved.


8 posted on 12/26/2007 7:11:32 PM PST by CWW (Make the most of the loss, and regroup for 2008!!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

We heat the milk in a glass in the microwave, then pour it into the bottle. Problem solved.


9 posted on 12/26/2007 7:13:29 PM PST by CWW (Make the most of the loss, and regroup for 2008!!)
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To: rawhide

Agree.Same with Absolut and Smirnoff:-))


10 posted on 12/26/2007 7:14:56 PM PST by QQQQ
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To: txzman

I used glass bottles with all four of the babies. Last baby is ten. It was getting difficult to replace them back then. I sterilized them with formula. Kept the bottles and the sterilizer.

I just didnt like the looks or smell of the plastic ones.


11 posted on 12/26/2007 7:16:03 PM PST by Chickensoup (If it is not permitted, it is prohibited. Only the government can permit....)
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To: rawhide
A Coca-Cola always taste better out of a glass bottle verses the plastic bottle. (in my consumer-report opinion)

You are 100 percent correct.

I accidentally did an experiment regarding plastic versus glass for leftovers and results were interesting.

I purchased some glass refrigerator containers (with plastic lids) in different sizes for leftovers. I then put some leftover mac & cheese in each and refrigerated. The stuff in the plastic container started smelling off in about four days. The stuff in the glass container, on the other hand, was good over a week-and-a-half later. I now use glass containers only and there really is a difference.

12 posted on 12/26/2007 7:17:29 PM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Don’t they use disposable plastic liners in the bottles anyhow? So the milk never touches the actual bottle?


13 posted on 12/26/2007 7:20:25 PM PST by tarawa
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To: tarawa
Don’t they use disposable plastic liners in the bottles anyhow?

Huh. A fresh dose of chemicals every time?

Sarcasm off.

14 posted on 12/26/2007 7:33:07 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

i would think most bottles are polyethylene which is hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen - the same atoms that make up most of the human body and a molecule that is the same as body fat.


15 posted on 12/26/2007 7:34:26 PM PST by spanalot (*)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Breastfeed the baby. Then you don’t have to worry about this stuff. I nursed four without bottles (no, not all at the same time). It was cheaper and easier.


16 posted on 12/26/2007 7:35:35 PM PST by knuthom
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Why not drink right from the tap?


17 posted on 12/26/2007 7:38:47 PM PST by WackySam
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Sorry to break the news, but glass is not pristine either. There are a number of chemicals that can leach into glass and can later contaminate food that comes in contact with it. One excellent example is that lead crystal should never be used to store alcoholic beverages because lead will leach out of the glass and into the alcohol.
18 posted on 12/26/2007 7:47:23 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: theBuckwheat

Even Whiskey !?!?!?!


19 posted on 12/26/2007 7:55:40 PM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: goodnesswins
Well...it’s more likely the warming in the microwave IN THE BOTTLE may be the problem....JMHO

Any kind of heating of most plastics causes leaching of all kinds of chemicals in small amounts which diminish over time. It is prudent to avoid this substance until further study is made.

I would also strongly advise new parents to avoid soy-based formulas if your baby is excessively gassy or lactose-intolerant and your MD recommends them as a substitute. Isoflavones in the soy products can affect certain glands in your baby such as the thyroid and pituitary, which affect growth. Also in rare cases, sex-based abnormalities can develop, such as breasts in boys, and testicular issues. It is ok to use it infrequently, but never rely on soy formula. As always, of course, if you can breastfeed, there is nothing better.

20 posted on 12/26/2007 7:56:58 PM PST by montag813
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To: tarawa
Don’t they use disposable plastic liners in the bottles anyhow? So the milk never touches the actual bottle?

All plastic leaches chemicals when heated, even when not bisphenol A. Glass is superior if available.

21 posted on 12/26/2007 7:59:19 PM PST by montag813
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To: Calpernia

Um, you neglected to factor in the competition ...


22 posted on 12/26/2007 8:13:22 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: goodnesswins
"Well...it’s more likely the warming in the microwave IN THE BOTTLE may be the problem....JMHO"

In my never to be humble opinion, this entire thing is nothing more than a scare tactic and is a bunch of crapola.

23 posted on 12/26/2007 9:06:16 PM PST by davisfh
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What about the baby bottle nipples? They must still be made of plastic. And what about pacifiers?


24 posted on 12/26/2007 9:09:15 PM PST by Joya (Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king. Peace on earth and mercy mild ...)
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To: rawhide
A Coca-Cola always taste better out of a glass bottle verses the plastic bottle. (in my consumer-report opinion)

I hate plastic drinking glasses when my babies were little I had a couple plastic bottles but didn't use them much because I was never sure they were completely clean. A glass bottle you can see if there is anything stuck on the inside.

25 posted on 12/26/2007 9:11:42 PM PST by Texas Mom (Two places you're always welcome. Church and Grandma's house.)
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To: davisfh

Oh....I don’t know.....my doctor(MD/Naturapath who is VERY GOOD) refuses to use a microwave....


26 posted on 12/26/2007 9:11:56 PM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: Joya

interesting point!


27 posted on 12/26/2007 9:14:02 PM PST by Lily4Jesus ( Jesus Saves)
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To: rawhide

You are right. Any beverage will taste better even water in glass. My dogs won’t touch a plastic water bowl. They don’t like them. LOL


28 posted on 12/26/2007 9:18:20 PM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: Joya

Bottle Nipples

Choose bottle nipples made from silicon. They are the most durable and inert options. Latex rubber nipples can cause allergic reactions and can contain impurities linked to cancer (Freishtat 2002; Westin 1990). The same goes for pacifiers. Throw away any nipple or pacifier that is discolored, thinning, tacky or ripped.

http://www.ewg.org/node/25637


29 posted on 12/26/2007 9:19:21 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: goodnesswins
"Oh....I don’t know.....my doctor(MD/Naturapath who is VERY GOOD) refuses to use a microwave...."

I'll bet he/she doesn't know the difference between nuclear (ionizing) radiation and RF as produced by a microwave oven.

"Naturapath?"

30 posted on 12/26/2007 9:22:47 PM PST by davisfh
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To: davisfh

NAH....I’ll bet he DOES.....and, yes, he’s a medical doc too...not just a “Naturapath”. Have you ever seen the tests they do on microwave water and plants? Does make you wonder.....and...I’ll allow this doc an idiocyncracy or two....he’s worth it.


31 posted on 12/26/2007 9:29:01 PM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: spanalot
"I would think most bottles are polyethylene which is hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen - the same atoms that make up most of the human body and a molecule that is the same as body fat.

So is methanol made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. But it is deadly to the human body. It can even cause blindness and mental retardation on inhalation.

32 posted on 12/26/2007 9:48:54 PM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: goodnesswins
Well...it’s more likely the warming in the microwave IN THE BOTTLE may be the problem....JMHO

Good point.

33 posted on 12/26/2007 9:51:08 PM PST by GOPJ (Drug dealers are NOT "unlicensed pharmacists" and illegals are NOT "undocumented workers". Bailey)
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To: goodnesswins; davisfh

I just had to know:
Microwaved Water - See What It Does To Plants
http://www.rense.com/general70/microwaved.htm

And for balance:
Cooking with Plastics
http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews/articles/halden_plastics.html

Cooking Safely in the Microwave Oven
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Cooking_Safely_in_the_Microwave/index.asp


34 posted on 12/26/2007 11:34:31 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: rawhide
"Coca-Cola"

Darn, beat me to it. Plus get rid of the fructose, and bring back sugar.

35 posted on 12/27/2007 1:55:04 AM PST by driftless2
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To: nicmarlo; Lily4Jesus

Thanks for the feedback. I am slowly getting rid of the plastic and aluminum in my kitchen and changing to pottery and glass. My two children are grown and I don’t have any grandkids yet, so the baby bottles thing isn’t an immediate concern. But, nowadays, articles about the dangers of plastic catch my eye.

= = =
[Off topic: At my age, (late 40s), estrogen dominance is something for me to watch for, (actually it’s something for all girls and women to watch for at every age), and I have heard that the polycarbonate plastic sometimes increases estrogen levels way too much, which is very very bad for a woman’s physical AND emotional health when it proportionally throws off all the other levels (such as progesterone), so, that is why I am trying to get away from polycarbonate plastic.

I also take Nature’s Sunshine wild yam capsules and use Rexall progesterone cream from Wal-Mart to help avoid estrogen dominance and to help keep my progesterone up where I need it to be.]


36 posted on 12/27/2007 2:56:13 AM PST by Joya (Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn king. Peace on earth and mercy mild ...)
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To: driftless2

When they brought back “classic” Coke after the failure of “new” Coke, was that what changed? Because I swear the “classic” just isn’t what it used to be I don’t care what they say.


37 posted on 12/27/2007 3:26:26 AM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops
When they brought back “classic” Coke after the failure of “new” Coke, was that what changed? Because I swear the “classic” just isn’t what it used to be I don’t care what they say.

I've been told the whole thing was a ploy to switch the public from sugar to the high fructose corn syrup (HFC).

38 posted on 12/27/2007 4:42:40 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: MHGinTN

::rimshot::


39 posted on 12/27/2007 5:02:20 AM PST by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The most appropriate vessel for administration of infant nutrition is flesh.


40 posted on 12/27/2007 5:04:28 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("At last my arm is complete!" Sweeney Todd)
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To: tarawa
Don’t they use disposable plastic liners in the bottles anyhow? So the milk never touches the actual bottle?

The problem is plastic softeners. It's found to affect the sexual orientation of animals—and maybe why a lot of Americans don't have grandchildren...if you get my drift.

41 posted on 12/27/2007 6:09:15 AM PST by Does so (...against all enemies, DOMESTIC and foreign...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; ShadowDancer
I was raised on glass bottles. And I rarely complained.


42 posted on 12/27/2007 6:14:59 AM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

It probably is a manufactured problem but everything does taste better coming from a glass. That is why when I use to drink beer, I prefered a bottle over a can. Milk from a glass bottle does taste better than from a plastic jug.


43 posted on 12/27/2007 6:20:17 AM PST by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: freekitty

My dog would not drink out of a plastic water bowl we had in the house,but the stainless steel bowl outside he would drink his fill.


44 posted on 12/27/2007 6:25:23 AM PST by 4yearlurker (Thanks Vets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: goodnesswins

Yep! I’ve had a few idiosyncracies myself over the years. Most of mine centered around getting the job done and not obsessing over the small stuff.


45 posted on 12/27/2007 6:38:10 AM PST by davisfh
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To: visualops
"changed"

Due to rising sugar prices (thanks to lobbying by the American sugar industry to restrict foreign competition), in the late seventies virtually all soda bottlers and candy makers went to fructose as a source for their sweetener. As a result the taste in all the products that transferred from sugar to fructose suffered including Coke. The switch from glass to plastic also hurt. Plastic and fructose. That's why Coke doesn't taste as good as it once did.

46 posted on 12/27/2007 6:49:08 AM PST by driftless2
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To: visualops
Because I swear the “classic” just isn’t what it used to be I don’t care what they say.

Perceptions are funny. In blind taste tests, people strongly preferred the taste of New Coke to "classic" Coke, but people just didn't like what they perceived as messing with an icon.

But other posters are right--switching away from sugar and glass has slightly altered the flavor, but it's probably less noticeable (at all, even?) in blind tests than it is by people who like to complain.

47 posted on 12/27/2007 6:58:52 AM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

American females are trained from birth to fear life.


48 posted on 12/27/2007 7:00:12 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Moveon is not us...... Moveon is the enemy)
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To: driftless2

Woodmans grocery store in La Crosse, WI carries Coke in glass bottled in Mexico and made with sugar. It tastes just like Coke did 40 years ago. 12oz for $1.29, but worth it, especially since we drink perhaps one a month, each.

I first tasted it right after having my teeth cleaned and could _feel_ the sugar, so it will remain an infrequent, special treat.

Probably available anywhere they carry a good selection of ethnic foods.


49 posted on 12/27/2007 7:00:47 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal
"Woodman's"

yes, my wife buys me an occasional bottle. Plus Coke in Britain still has sugar. I drank a vat of it when I was over there last year.

50 posted on 12/27/2007 7:26:04 AM PST by driftless2
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