- On average, humans ingest approximately 6.3 micrograms per day of bisphenol-A from the linings of food cans.
- Bisphenol-A is one of the top 50 chemicals produced in the U.S. Over 1.6 billion pounds of this hormone disruptor were produced in 1995.
- If SWALLOWED, bisphenol-A (BPA) is Very Highly Toxic
If ABSORBED THROUGH SKIN, bisphenol-A (BPA) is Very Highly Toxic
If INHALED (SNIFFED OR BREATHED IN), bisphenol-A (BPA) is Highly Toxic
- This is considered an Unclassifiable Carcinogen by the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Bisphenol-A was originally developed by the pharmaceutical industry as an Endocrine Disruptor to interfere with, mimic or block hormones (more on this later)
- In mice, exposure to low levels of bisphenol-A has also induced aneuploidy, an error in cell division that causes miscarriages and birth defects, including Down Syndrome, in humans.
Baby bottles: Bisphenol-A can migrate into infant formula from polycarbonate plastic baby bottles when heated, particularly from older, worn or scratched bottles.
Canned food: Bisphenol-A may leach from the plastic inner lining in some food cans into the food or liquid containing the food.
Some plastic kitchenware: Some clear plastic spill-proof cups and cutlery (forks, knives, and spoons) are made of polycarbonate. Hot and fatty foods or liquids may dissolve traces of bisphenol-A into the food.
Water bottles: Five-gallon polycarbonate plastic water jugs, used in dispensers, may leach traces of bisphenol-A into stored water.
How to detect bisphenol-A (BPA)
Clear, untinted plastic baby bottles and children's training cups are usually polycarbonate. These included
Avent bottles and cups
Evenflo clear, untinted bottles
Gerber clear bottles
Looney Tunes' and Suzie's Zoo' spill-proof cups
Cherub' juice and trainer cups Sassy MAM'
3-step bottles The First Years' bottles and Peek-a-Boo cups
For other brands, contact the manufacturer to ask if the cup is polycarbonate.
REMEMBER the #7 and #3 recycling code on the bottom of some plastic containers, such as large water bottles used in water dispensers, indicate that they are made of polycarbonate. Not all plastics have a code!
A Few Alternatives
Choose baby bottles and spill-proof cups made of glass or polyethylene (#1,#2,#4 recycling symbols), or polypropylene (#5).
Evenflo makes glass bottles which should be available at large chain stores. Ask your local store to stock them!! (a few online sellers are: amazon.com; natural baby; babysupermall; or search google for "Evenflo Glass Bottles".
Some non-polycarbonate plastic cups include:
Fun Grips and ‘Lil Sportspill-proof cups
Stroll ‘n Snack cups