updated 5/28/2008 6:25:06 PM ET 2008-05-28T22:25:06

An Arkansas woman has filed a federal lawsuit accusing a baby bottle maker of using a dangerous chemical linked to serious health problems.

The lawsuit against Playtex Products seeks nationwide class action status to represent what it says are thousands of people who bought plastic bottles containing bisphenol A. It claims Playtex failed to adequately disclose that its plastic bottle products are formulated using BPA.

The government said last month that there’s “some concern” about BPA from experiments on animals, and a possible effect on humans “cannot be dismissed.”

A Playtex spokeswoman cited a general statement by the company that says U.S. and worldwide regulatory bodies continue to deem BPA safe.

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