25.4.08

Bisphenol A - the #7 Plastic


Plastics!

This is another cause of concern for many. The chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) commonly used in plastic bottles could have potential negative health effects of BPA on infants and children. More research are needed to prove the link between BPA and cause of cancer. The latest studies show that

BPA has effects on breast and prostate tissues as found in some animal studies.

BPA also has effects on how early Puberty occurs.


Why should we be warned about BPA? This chemical is widely used in baby bottles and food packaging. Plastics containing BPA has a number 7 on the base.

Here are recommendations provided by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for concerned individuals:

  • Do not MICROWAVE plastic food containers.
  • For storage of Hot food or liquids, use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, if available.
  • Use milk bottles for preparing Baby's Milk that are BPA free.
Citation: Draft NTP Brief on Bisphenol A [CAS No. 80-05-7]. Published April 14, 2008. Authored by the National Toxicology Program.

Read more about this article here.

If you are concerned about how polystyrene, read my previous post.

3 comments:

brendan stallard said...

SheR,

Do you know if Lexan containers are safe?


brendan

C K said...

There was a concern about those plastic water bottles that we used in the army back then. We were told not to fill them up with hot water lest we were poisoned.

SheR. said...

>> Hi Brendan.
Not too sure what are Lexan containers. I'll check it out and create a post here if I can find something! :)

>>CK. Guess the concerns are not unwarranted then.