Monday, August 18, 2008

BPA Update

Many of you Mamas may have heard over the last few days that the FDA has ruled the chemical bisphenol to be safe. Bisphenol, a plastic hardener, is found in everything "from sunglasses to CD's." But the real uproar started when tests showed significant developmental changes in animals, that led scientists to conclude that bisphenol was particularly dangerous for human infants and children. And bisphenol was in virtually every plastic baby bottle and every sippy cup. They even use it in the lining of the cans that contain baby formula.

Virtually overnight, a whole new crop of bisphenol-free baby and kid products came on the scene and Mamas everywhere switched to the newer, "safer" products.

This article from CNN outlines the newest FDA findings. Apparently, further testing has deemed bisphenol to be "safe," despite the fact that "93 percent of Americans have traces of bisphenol in their urine." There is, as you might imagine, some uproar over this latest pronouncement by the FDA. One of the more worrisome things about it is, as Pete Myers, chief scientist for Environmental Health Sciences states, the FDA chose to ignore "dozens" of studies by the National Institute of Health, relying instead on industry-funded studies.

Hmm. That doesn't sound too good.

Whatever the case, I don't think this is the last we've heard on this issue. And we won't be switching our sippy cups back to the bisphenol kind any time soon. At least not in our house.

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