Bisphenol A

The poison in plastics

Bisphenol A is most often referred to as BPA for short and it's one of the more contentious chemicals in daily use by most people. It's a chemical that's widely used in food and beverage packaging to protect food from contamination and extend shelf life. It’s also used in a great many non-food products including most polycarbonate plastics.

So it may be in the frames and lenses of your spectacles, water and drink bottles, the plastic components of your car, many canned foods, food containers and even some clothing.  Many believe that this hormone-disrupting industrial chemical poses greatest risk to pregnant women, infants and children. Because BPA acts in the human body (and animals) as an oestrogen,  it can create havoc with cellular function causing  brain damage, memory loss, cancers, infertility and much more.

In January 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released a report on the agency's comprehensive re-evaluation of BPA exposure and toxicity. EFSA's re-evaluation concluded that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels. Read more about EFSA's report. This science is mimicked from the FDA, an organisation charged with protecting citizens of the USA from harm. However, the control of the FDA was assumed by the corporations who produce toxic products back in the Reagan era.

While corporate science recognises that small amounts of BPA can migrate into food and beverages from containers and packaging, the volume is so small as to have zero effect on consumers. The companies making BPA, and the products that contain it, claim that the substance is safe if used sensibly. But others aren't so sure and scientists not affiliated to the manufacturers support the claims that BPA is highly toxic.

BPA is found in:

Most polycarbonate plastics
Many other plastics
Baby bottles
Water bottles
Food wrapping
Canned foods
The lids of glass jars

BPA is known to cause:

Brain damage in infants

Consumers have a right to know what's in their food - especially when it comes to an ingredient, such as BPA, that has been linked to cancer, infertility, brain, nervous system and cardiovascular abnormalities, diabetes, obesity and other serious disorders.

More info on BPA:
US Department of Health and Human Services
US National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
US Food and Drug Administration
EWG product database


3 comments to Bisphenol A

  • Karen

    Between Asia and North America is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is about twice the size of continental United States. Located inside the North Pacific Gyre, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is filled with at least 100,000,000 tons of micro plastics,marine debris, and fishing gear. A gyre is essentially a natural vortex in the ocean. Lots of the trash we do not throw away often ends up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by wind and ocean currents. The trash is severely harming the marine ecosystems of living things. Plastics leach Bisphenol A , a deathly chemical.

    Our world’s oceans are the largest ecosystems and the largest support for life. We need oceans to survive. 97% of our water are in oceans , and oceans generate half our oxygen that we use to breathe. Oceans are also essential to our security and economy.

    80% of the garbage comes from land, and 50% is plastic. In order to reduce the amount of garbage going into the gyre, the government should require stores to charge a price for plastic bags. Less people using plastic bags will result in the less littering of these plastic bags. Charging plastic bags will encourage consumers to use reusable bags when shopping. Many other locations in the United States are already charging fees for plastic bags. Washington D.C. has a five cent fee on plastic bags. California has 67 different ordinances on 88 municipalities that prohibit or charge plastic bags. Texas has 9 different ordinances covering 9 municipalities. Washington States has 11 ordinances covering 11 municipalities. Countries such as Denmark and Bulgaria charge taxes on plastic bags, too. We must do our best, as humans, to prevent the destruction of our ocean systems.

  • sverigapotek

    Some animal studies suggest that infants and children may be the most vulnerable to the effects of BPA. Parents and caregivers, can make the personal choice to reduce exposures of their infants and children to BPA:

  • Willy

    Like all the other chemicals we’re dumping into our environment this could be one of the worst and it probably contributes to behavioural problems as well as causing cancers and things