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Canada Is First to Declare BPA Dangerous

Health Canada is first in the world to declare BPA dangerous – making environmental and health history.  What a great move for Canada, as this is the first step towards a ban and this classification could pave the way for BPA to be listed as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. This would allow our health minister to issue measures for its use. Other countries have been buying into the industry defending that BPA is harmless.  By Canada being the first country to issue such a warning, it will pressure other major regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its counterpart in the European Union to study again their approval on the use of BPA.

Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defense, explained to Globe and Mail that, “Bisphenol A is in every Canadian home. It threatens the health of every Canadian. Moving against it would be a hugely significant victory for public health and the environment.”

Bisphenol A is a “hormonally active chemical” found in almost all plastics and in metal can liners, where it can leach into foods and beverages. Industry maintains that BPA is safe at small concentrations, but concerns about its impact on human health continue to grow. Some experts say it mimics naturally occuring estrogen and according to the 2006 National Geographic Green Guide, animal studies indicate that BPA may cause infertility, cancers, and hyperactivity.

Health Canada’s decision on bisphenol A is slated to be released tomorrow.



What is BPA?

Can I just start off by saying I feel so bad for first time parents?  I’ve been researching and reading about the chemical BPA in plastics for months and I’m still having a hard time wrapping my mind around the terms and codes.  Between this, toy recalls, vaccination controversy…my heart just goes out to you.  If you are hearing the term ‘BPA’ for the first time, please read on and hopefully this article will help you.

BPA (Bisphenol A) is a component of epoxy resins that are used to line food cans and to make hard plastic polycarbonate bottles and containers.  Why is this substance in the news?  Many reports and studies are proving that BPA is leaching through plastic and this can lead to health concerns for your family.  BPA is linked to breast and prostate cancer and neurobehavioral changes in offspring exposed in the womb.  The Today Show describes the affects as being primarily reproductive and fertility in both male and female organisms.  

The chances of this chemical leaching are higher if you are heating or storing food/liquid in the plastic for long periods of time.    BPA raises special concerns because numerous studies have found it to be toxic at exposure levels equivalent to or even below the amounts detected in people.

Plastics to avoid:

#3 PVC – phthalates (hormone disruptor)
#7 polycarbonate – bisphenol-A (hormone disruptor)
#6 polystyrene – styrene – possible human carcinogen

The better plastics are:
polypropylene (#5)
polyethylene (#1,#2,#4).
The containers need to be discarded if they get worn down, degraded, overused etc.

What items contain BPA?
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