Prior to this morning, I had never even heard of BPA or bisphenol A. In a span of just 6 hours I heard Diane Rehm discuss the topic on NPR and then read about how to reduce exposure to BPA while browsing through one of my food blogs. Is this starting to sound like a geeky topic to you? Well maybe, but it’s more relevant than you might think. BPA is an organic compound widely used in the manufacturing of hard plastics such as baby bottles, food containers, and even in some canned foods and drinks. The controversy is that several studies have shown increased exposure to this compound can have negative health effects on humans, especially in infants. Despite this, the FDA has determined it as no risk to humans… that is, until now. This explains the recent increased media coverage on BPA. Here’s a quote from FDA’s statement on the issue:
At this interim stage, FDA shares the perspective of the National Toxicology Program that recent studies provide reason for some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
I still need to read up some more, but that’s the gist of it. Here are some links:
The Kitchn – Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA
What is BPA? Wikipedia
Quick tip: Avoid recyclable plastics that have the number 7 on it.