BPA – To Ban or Not to Ban? – Part 1

Yesterday, the FDA denied a petition for the ban of the chemical BPA in food packaging (cans, bottles, et cetera).  You can read the full article from ABC here.

BPA, otherwise known as Bisophenol A, is a chemical commonly found in aluminum cans, plastic water bottles, and other food containers; it is already banned in Canada.  Why?

According to the LA Times, studies have shown BPA to be linked with “developmental and reproductive abnormalities, precancerous changes in the prostate and breast, and other health problems… including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and liver problems. “

Many people are also concerned because of its relation to hormonal disruptions.  By mimicking estrogen, BPA may cause growth problems, especially in young children.

But if it’s only in the container, it’s not really in your food, right?  Well, BPA can easily leach out of the container and into your food, especially when the container is exposed to extreme temperatures (e.g. microwave or freezer) or when the food is acidic (e.g. tomatoes or soda).

Concerned?  Stay tuned!  In my next post, I’ll give you 5 tips for limiting BPA exposure.

(Click here to read part 2.)

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3 thoughts on “BPA – To Ban or Not to Ban? – Part 1

  1. This is becoming a greater concern to us as well. We try to make as much as we can from scratch and use our own containers (glass). We shop for one year at a time and need shelf stable items. I think we are mostly down to tomato products. This year, we will search for tomatoes in shelf stable cartons.
    Greetings from north of the Arctic Circle.

  2. Great post! Way to stay right on top of the news, because this has certainly been a hot topic.

    I must admit I’m relatively uninformed about the subject, and I guess I’m always skeptical of when stuff like this is all over the news, because it seems every night there is something new on the news that is killing us or giving us a disease. It’s BPA or the coloring in Diet Soda, and next week it will be something else. That’s not to say that if there seems to truly be a health concern with something, it shouldn’t be addressed, but…I guess I will hold my breath and plead ignorant until some definitive conclusions are drawn on all stuff like this.

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