China and Europe Ban BPA – Avoid All Plastic, Even “BPA Free!”By
Wednesday March 15, 2010- This weekend the Shanghai Daily reported news that BPA, otherwise known as Bis-phenol A, is now banned from in anything that children could either drink out of, or eat from. According to a recent article in the Mother Nature Network, last week a European ban on BPA went into effect when the EU joined other countries such as Canada and the United Arab Emirates in banning BPA from children’s products.
Yet the United States has still NOT banned BPA!
What Is BPA?
BPA, Bis-phenol A is an organic molecule that is used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastics and acts much like the female hormone “Estrogen.” BPA has been linked to all types of health risks including abnormal toddler behavior, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Our Kids Are Ingesting BPA!
BPA is common in manufactured plastic materials, such as baby bottles, sippy cups, canned foods, canned beer, canned soda, plastic silverware and plastic plates for kids. In addition, anything that is heated is at most risk of having BPA being released.
A test done by the CDC found that 92% of Americans had BPA in their bodies. Women and children were affected the most.
Are We Safe Buying “BPA FREE” Plastic?
With products being sold all over the country, advertisements of “BPA” free are flooding the market. These companies are not required to be BPA free by the U.S. government, but have done so to protect consumers and/or to increase sales.
So are we safe using these plastics? In my opinion, the answer is no.
NPR recently reported of studies that showed that “BPA Free” plastic goods had even more Estrogen activity than products known to contain BPA.
Moral Of the Story- What Are Your Thoughts?
- The U.S. has not banned BPA when countries all of the world have. Why is the U.S. not protecting us?
- With only 13% of chemicals in the U.S. states being tested at all, what chemical are manufactures going to put in plastic products that replaces the reason why they used BPA in the first place? How long will it take for THAT chemical to be tested?
- To me the BEST thing to do is to avoid plastic materials anywhere you can, particularly related to food or drink.
- Use glass storage containers, stainless steel sippy cups, stainless steel water bottles, glass baby bottles and avoid food and drinks sold in cans.