Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Update on Bisphenol A

A new draft report released by the National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, states that even low levels of exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) by infants can lead to prostate and breast cancer. This is the first report of this kind released by a government institution. Last year, FDA concluded that BPA does not cause any health problems if exposed to low doses and so, decided that it can be used with confidence by the manufacturers. BPA is found in many products like canned food, plastic bottles, plastic food containers, infant formula, etc.

As I suggested in some previous posts the better way to stay out is:
- to use glass whenever possible,
- avoid plastic food containers. I found some very nice glass food containers at Amazon; they are very durable and they come in different sizes (they do have plastic lids, though...).
- choose the safest formula for babies and chose safe baby bottles,
- if cannot avoid plastic at all, look for the ones that seem to be safer,
- avoid plastic labeled as number 7 and/or PC. The BPA is used to harden the polycarbonate (PC).


Tara said...

One thing I found when I did some research is that the FDA's decision last year was made based on 2 studies, both of which were funded by the chemical industry. This is despite the wide body of research that indicates that BPA is not safe!

Lucia said...

Tara, thank you for your comment! It is very true what you are saying and I found a very good article related to this subject. It can be read at I think it is always wise to look who paid for the study. The FDA is becoming more and more of an mistrustful source, if you look to the mistakes made only in the last couple of years.