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.