The industrial chemical Bisephenol A (BPA) has gotten increasingly negative attention in recent years. So much so, that congressional legislation was recently introduced to ban food packaging containing BPA. But it’s not necessary wait for the government takes steps in order to scale back at home on products that contain BPA.
The Harms of BPA
BPA has been around since the 1960s. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that BPA, which is commonly found in the likes of canned goods and plastic containers, is safe in the small amounts currently used in packaged foods. However, numerous studies have suggested it has harmful effects, especially in large doses. In animal studies, the hormone-mimicking chemical has been associated with cancerous activity, reproductive abnormalities, behavioral changes and other problems. In 2012, the FDA banned it from baby bottles and sippy cups, although many manufacturers had voluntarily stopped using BPA.
Government officials stress that the new bill would also encourage the development of alternatives to BPA and a review of all substances already used in food packaging.
Ways to Go BPA-Free
If you must use plastic, look for those products marked BPA-free. Avoid using plastic containers that contain the recycle codes 3 or …read more