On Tuesday, the U.S. government’s National Toxicology Program agreed with a scientific panel that recently expressed concern about physiological changes that occur in people when they ingest BPA that has leached from plastics into their food or drink. Read more here.
The Canadian government is even considering declaring the chemical toxic.
Exposure to high levels of BPA increases one’s risk of developing uterine fibroids, breast cancer, decreased sperm counts, and prostate cancer. Babies and children at greatest risk from the exposure. The NTF report found that the scientific evidence warrants “a higher level of concern than those expressed by the expert [scientific] panel for possible effects of bisphenol A on prostate gland, mammary gland and early onset of puberty in exposed fetuses, infants and children.
Do we need any more reason to ban of BPA from plastic baby bottles, water bottles and food containers?
UPDATE 4/18: Wal-Mart and Nalgene pull BPA-bottles from shelves.
UPDATE 4/21 Playtex pledges to phase out BPA bottles
UPDATE 4/21 Toys-R-Us plans to phase out BPA bottles