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BPA Back Again

Bisphenol-A, commonly abbreviated BPA, has been in the news again recently, and, again, not for good reasons.  A new study out of the University of Exeter has linked high levels of BPA in adults with an increased risk of heart disease.  The Food and Drug Administration has asked for additional studies on the chemical and has begun to find ways to reduce the chemical in the food supply.

BPA is found in many household items, like plastic containers (with a seven in the recycling symbol), baby bottles, and food cans.  The chemical can mimic estrogen, causing reproductive mutations in the womb, and the FDA’s concerns cite possible brain, behavior, and prostate problems in fetuses, infants, and young children. BPA may be just one of many endocrine disruptors that accumulate in the environment and have been linked to intersex fish in several U.S. rivers.

To cut down on your exposure, don’t microwave plastic containers with a 7, and avoid food cans lined with BPA plastics.  

To learn more about BPA, check out the following links from National Geographic:

More about BPA can also be found at the FDA Web site

James Robertson

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    The chemical present in BPA can mimic estrogen, causing reproductive mutations in the womb, and the FDA’s concerns cite possible brain, behavior, and prostate problems in fetuses, infants, and young children.
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  6. Linda
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    It is better not to supply any more plastics than struggling with the consequences. BPA not only increases the rate of heart diseases, but also it causes prostate development and cancer among humans.
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  7. The Window Man
    January 25, 2010, 9:01 am

    Let us move back to glass containers. They can be reused and if they break, well we can just make more. Plastics are horrible.
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