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Wednesday
Jul182012

FYI: BPA - Why all the fuss?

You may have heard the announcement, earlier this week, that the FDA has issued a ban on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups as part of an effort by the American Chemistry Council to phase the chemical out. However, BPA use in other containers is still permitted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/science/fda-bans-bpa-from-baby-bottles-and-sippy-cups.html

So why all the fuss?  With a quick glance down any aisle at Babies-R-Us you will see "BPA Free" plastered on the majority of baby products.  Here's an overview of what BPA is and why we encourage limited exposure (especially for young chidren)....and why you should care.

WHAT IS BPA?

- Bisphenol A is a chemical (that mimics estrogen), initially developed in the 1950s, primarily used in the production of two major plastics: polycarbonate and epoxy resin (plastics commonly used to make baby bottles, sippy cups, water bottles, medical equipment, and also used to line metal cans of food and infant formula).

- Over the past decade hundreds of studies reporting developmental, reproductive, behavioral and neurological effects of low dose exposure to bisphenol A have created a contentious debate over the chemical’s safety. 

- These studies demonstrated that exposure to very low doses of BPA early in development alters the breast and prostate tissues in ways that increase the risk of developing cancer later in life, and disrupts brain development and behavior.  Low dose exposure may also increase the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and obesity, and increase the risk of miscarriage.


WHAT TO DO?  HOW TO AVOID BPA:

- Avoid using plastic containers to heat food in microwaves. Ceramic, glass, and other microwaveable dishware are good alternatives.

- Be aware that many canned goods use BPA in the lining of the cans (think soups, spaghetti, ravioli) because it helps prevent corrosion and is resistant to high heat during the sterilization process.  Fortunatley, many companies, like Cambpell's, have announced plans to phase out the use of BPA in their products.

- Do not put boiling or very hot water, infant formula, or other liquids into BPA-containing bottles while preparing them for your child. Before mixing water with powdered infant formula, the water should be boiled in a BPA-free container and allowed to cool to lukewarm.  

- Do not heat baby bottles of any kind in the microwave – the liquid may heat unevenly and burn your infant

- When possible it is best to avoid #7 plastics, especially for children's food.

- Plastics with the recycling labels #1, #2 and #4 on the bottom are safer choices and do not contain BPA.

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