The debate over Bisphenol A and its use in common baby and household products rages on.
A recent article in The Dallas Morning News examines the debate over Bisphenol A and its use in common baby and household products.1 Commonly referred to as BPA, Bisphenol A has been around for over half a century and is the main chemical ingredient in hard clear polycarbonate plastic. It is used in linings found inside most food and drink cans, as well as many baby bottles and other baby feeding devices.
Recently, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) an office of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that it had “some concern” about the adverse neural and behavioral effects of BPA exposure on fetuses, infants and children.2 A similar Canadian panel concluded that the material should be classified as a toxin prompting the government to initiate a 60 day public comment period on whether to ban the importation, sale and advertising of polycarbonate baby bottles which contain BPA.3
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stands behind current safety standards, but some retailers are adjusting their inventories to respond to customer concerns and requests for BPA-free products:
- Toys R Us/Babies R Us – Pledged to eliminate all products containing BPA by the end of the year.
- Wal-Mart and REI – Eliminating some plastic products that contain BPA.
- Target – Waiting for more evidence before pulling products, but monitoring the issue.
As a result, the plastics industry is starting to release more and more BPA-free alternatives to meet the demand from consumers for safer products.
1 Weiss, Jeffrey and Yan, Holly. “Debate rages over safety of BPA in everyday plastics” The Dallas Morning News 20 May 2008.
2 “Draft NTP Brief on Bisphenol A” National Toxicology Program 14 April 2008.
3 “Government of Canada Takes Action on Another Chemical of Concern: Bisphenol A” Health Canada 18 April 2008.
Additional articles and resources on this topic:
- The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Bisphenol A Investigation page
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Bisphenol A (BPA)
- National Toxicology Program Draft Brief on Bisphenol A
- NEIS Questions and Answers about the National Toxicology Program Draft Brief on Bisphenol A
- Research: Bisphenol A Exposure In Utero Disrupts Early Oogenesis in the Mouse
- Research: Effects of the environmental estrogens bisphenol A
- Smart Shoppers’ Plastic Picks Card