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FDA Cozies Up To BPA

April 3, 2012, 9:04 am

Following a long tradition of protecting the interests of corporations, the FDA once again disregards the health and safety of consumers.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) submitted a petition to the FDA requesting that it ban the chemical bisphenol-A, aka BPA. But the FDA stated last week that there was not enough evidence to prove that this chemical is toxic in food packaging, such as food and beverage containers, baby bottles, infant feeding cups, and metal food cans, in spite of testing that showed carcinogenic effects in animals. But, the FDA reassured everyone that they would continue to research BPA. (Do you feel reassured?)

There is widespread concern among scientists that long-term exposure may induce chronic toxicity in humans, since BPA mimics estrogen. Studies indicate that early development appears to be the period of greatest sensitivity to BPA resulting in developmental impairment, cancer, obesity and interference with brain activity related to memory, learning and mood.

It's almost impossible for anyone to avoid BPA completely, as it can also be found in paper money and cash register receipt tape.

Canada became the first country to declare BPA a toxic substance, and it, along with the European Union, has banned BPA use in baby bottles.

There is some good news, however. Wal-Mart and Toys R Us have pledged to phase out the sale of products containing BPA, and it's more common to see BPA-free plastic products in stores.

The Environmental Working suggests the following ways to avoid BPA:

  1. Purchase powdered infant formula rather than canned. Or consider making your own using recipes from the Weston Price Foundation.
  2. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastic food containers often marked on the bottom with the letters "PC" recycling label #7.  Plastics #, 2 and 4 are better bets. Better yet, look for drinking water and baby bottles labeled BPA-free. Oryana carries BPA-free water and baby bottles.
  3. Do not use plastic containers to heat food in a microwave oven.
  4. Eden began using BPA-free cans in 1999 and they are still the only company to do so. Oryana sells canned Eden beans and tomato products.
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