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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.

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