It's Not That Complicated: Bisphenol-A [BPA]

It's Not That Complicated: Bisphenol-A [BPA]

Jonathan B.
Apr 18, 2008

We've covered the trouble with BPA before: it's the plastic ingredient and endocrine disrupter that has people throwing out everything from baby bottles to Nalgene brand bottles.

It seems more and more people are becoming convinced -- even Canadians!

The New York Times has the full story, but the word on the street in Canada is that BPA is about to be officially labeled as toxic.

This comes on the heels of the US Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program endorsing a claim that there is "some concern" that BPA might be harmful to human life, as it had caused precancer in mice.

NPR's Melissa Block asked Dr. Michael Shelby, who oversaw the report, whether he would use one of these bottles for his old child or grandchild. His reply, "when used properly, these [plastic] bottles may well be safe. We just can't say whether they are or not," was hardly confidence-inspiring, as evidenced by the comments on the NPR story. The reaction to this issue gives us some hope that the next US government determination on BPA and other potentially toxic chemicals will err on the side of human health -- rather than the plastic industry's bottom line.

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