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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


2 comments to Bisphenol A

  • 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

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