Massachusetts Warns Parents to Avoid BPA
The Boston Globe reported yesterday that the public health official of Massachusetts are telling parents of young children to avoid using baby bottles and other food and beverage containers made with the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol A (BPA).
This warning to consumers makes Massachusetts one of the first states to take a stance on BPA. Connecticut is another with it’s ban on BPA from infant formula and baby food cans and jars, as well as in reusable food and beverage containers sold in the state. Massachusetts is considering the same ban but is awaiting the FDA’s decision on BPA
Due to the large amount of criticism received, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is re-examining their ruling which found that the amount of bisphenol-A (BPA) in containers and baby bottles did not pose a health risk.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical widely used to produce polycarbonate, a hard plastic. More than 2 million metric tons of BPA were produced worldwide in 2003. There is an increase in demand of 6% to 10% annually. It is used extensively in epoxy resins lining food and beverage containers and as a monomer in polycarbonate plastics in many consumer products. There is widespread and continuous exposure to BPA, mostly through food but also drinking water, dental sealants, dermal exposure, and inhalation of household dusts. More than 90% of the US population have detectable levels of BPA.
For now, parents should look for BPA-free baby bottles and sippy cups. Avoid heating formula in polycarbonate plastic bottles. Use glass, porcelain and stainless-steel containers, especially for hot foods and liquids.