The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s lead story today talks about Bisphenol A (BPA). I bet most people without kids aren’t aware of the controversy over BPA. Long story short, there is a concern over BPA’s effect on fetal and infant brain development and behavior.
In April, 2008 Canada stated it intended to ban the sale, import and advertisement of baby bottles containing BPA. Since then there has been scores of stories and reports on the dangers of BPA and the prevalence of BPA.
There are two sides to every story. Here is the Food and Drug Administration’s official statement:
FDA is not recommending that anyone discontinue using products that contain BPA while we continue our risk assessment process. However, concerned consumers should know that several alternatives to polycarbonate baby bottles exist, including glass baby bottles
Today’s story is news because it highlights some of the common household items that contain BPA. And the report that simply microwaving or dishwashing items with BPA releases the chemical.
The story reports:
Products marketed for infants or billed as “microwave safe” release toxic doses of the chemical bisphenol A when heated, an analysis by the Journal Sentinel has found.
Read the story and check out the pdfs attached. But, like always, be sure to read it carefully. The pdf entitled “How to avoid bisphenol A” talks about the relative safety of plastics marked with 1 PETE, 2 HDPE, 4 LDPE, and 5 PP describing them as “safer.”
Yet, the story on JSOnline.com states:
Food companies advise parents worried about BPA to avoid microwaving food in plastic containers, especially those with the recycling No. 7 stamped on the bottom.
But the Journal Sentinel’s testing found BPA leaching from containers with different recycling numbers, including Nos. 1, 2 and 5.
Check out your kitchen cupboards. We bought glass bottles for our little one. Why take the risk?
UPDATE: Check out this US News Article from September about how to avoid BPA.
Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in West Allis, Sheboygan, Plymouth, and Germantown.
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