China and Europe Ban BPA – Avoid All Plastic, Even “BPA Free!”

This weekend, the Shanghai Daily reported that BPA, also known as Bis-phenol A, is now subject to a ban in anything that children could drink out of or eat from. According to a recent article in the Mother Nature Network, the EU joined other countries such as Canada and the United Arab Emirates in implementing a ban on BPA in children’s products, which went into effect last week.

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What Is BPA?

BPA, Bis-phenol A, is an organic molecule that manufacturers use in the production of polycarbonate plastics and functions similarly to the female hormone “Estrogen.” Extensive documentation has linked BPA to numerous health risks, including abnormal toddler behavior, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Our Kids Are Ingesting BPA!

BPA is common in manufactured plastic materials, such as baby bottles, sippy cups, canned foods, canned beer, canned soda, plastic silverware and plastic plates for kids. In addition, heating anything poses the highest risk of releasing BPA.

A test done by the CDC found that 92% of Americans had BPA in their bodies. Women and children experienced the most significant impact.

NPR recently reported of studies that showed that “BPA Free” plastic goods had even more Estrogen activity than products known to contain BPA.

Moral Of the Story- What Are Your Thoughts?

  • The U.S. has not banned BPA when countries all of the world have. Why is the U.S. not protecting us?
  • With only 13% of chemicals in the U.S. states being tested at all, what chemical will manufacturers put in plastic products to replace the reason why they used BPA in the first place? How long will it take to test THAT chemical?
  • To me the BEST thing to do is to avoid plastic materials anywhere you can, especially when it comes to food or drink.
  • Use glass storage containers, stainless steel sippy cups, stainless steel water bottles, glass baby bottles and avoid food and drinks sold in cans.