Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Avoid BPA products

Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is used primarily to make plastics, and products containing bisphenol A-based plastics have been in commerce for more than 50 years.

BPA, which is found in a wide range of products, mimics the hormone estrogen and may disrupt the body's endocrine system. The chemical poses a particular threat to fetuses, infants and children because it can interfere with cell function when their bodies are still developing, public health experts say.

In 2008, the National Toxicology Program, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, warned there was "some concern" BPA may affect the brain and behavioral development of fetuses, infants and young children, the Post reported.

In April 2008, the Canadian government said it will ban baby bottles that contain BPA, and Wal-Mart said it will stop selling them. U.S. states -- including California. In March 2009 HealthDay reported that Baby bottles made with the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) will no longer be sold in the United States by the six largest manufacturers of the products.

BPA affects adults as well.