Protecting the Public’s Health from Toxic Bisphenol A (BPA)
During the last few decades, the substance has become a key ingredient in plastics and resins used in food and beverage containers, and now more than 180 studies link low-dose exposure to many diseases of modern life. BPA is now present in 95% of Americans.
Most of the clear, shatterproof plastics used to make baby bottles, food storage containers, small kitchen appliances, and rigid water bottles include this material. It is also used in the linings of food, infant formula, beer, and soft drink cans.
BPA has been known as an endocrine disruptor since the 1930s, and in the past 10 years, BPA exposure has been linked to a long list of diseases and disorders ranging from infertility, obesity, early puberty, breast and prostate cancer, to diabetes, thyroid malfunction and even attention deficit disorders. These linkages have been observed at extremely low doses, to which most Americans are exposed.
Safer Solutions Can Protect the Most Vulnerable
All published surveys have found the highest concentrations of BPA in children, who are most vulnerable to BPA-induced health problems. In response to consumer pressure and mounting scientific evidence, some companies are phasing out BPA from beverage containers, including Playtex, Similac (infant formula containers), Nalgene, and Toys ‘R’ Us (baby bottles). Eden Organics uses BPA-free cans for its line of bean products.
With the Food and Drug Administration asleep at the wheel, states must act.
Over the past year, BPA has been the focus of increased regulatory and media attention, and Connecticut has the chance to lead the nation on modernized safety standards designed to protect babies and fetuses.