Bisphenol A is considered an endocrine disruptor, because it mimics estrogen and can fool the body by stimulating reactions that are unnecessary, and potentially harmful.

Bisphenol A is considered an endocrine disruptor, because it mimics estrogen and can

fool the body by stimulating reactions that are unnecessary, and potentially harmful.

BPA has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, liver abnormalities, as well as sexual

problems in men, and breast cancer cell growth in women. However the effects don’t

only affect adults. BPA can cause brain and hormone development problems in small

children and infants.

The FDA’s perspective on BPA is shared by the National Toxicology program. The

studies that were performed provided the FDA reasonable results, which proved

reasonable amount of concern about the effects that BPA has on the brain, behavior,

and the prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and children. The FDA is pursuing additional

studies to address the potential health risks BPA has. The FDA is supporting every step

to reduce human exposer to BPA, including recommendations about food preparations.

The Department of Health and Human Services — through its Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Food

and Drug Administration (FDA) — is investing in important new health studies in both

animals and humans to better determine and evaluate the potential health effects of

BPA exposure, including $30 million in studies at NIH. Meanwhile the Department of

Health and Human Services has come up with 4 ways to minimize the BPA exposure in

children and infants.

1. FOLLOW RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES TO FEED YOUR INFANT.
2. DISCARD SCRATCHED BABY BOTTLES AND INFANT FEEDING CUPS.

3. TEMPERATURE MATTERS.
4. CHECK THE LABELS ON YOUR BOTTLES AND FOOD PREPARATION

CONTAINERS.

Colorado law makers are trying to ban BPA. Currently there are 11 states that have

banned BPA products, and law makers want to add Colorado to that list. Stores across

Colorado are selling fewer and fewer products that contain BPA. If the ban passes

through the House and Senate the ban will not be fully in effect until July 2013. Until

then it is up to you to decide whether or not BPA products are safe for families in

Colorado.

With all the health risks and studies that have proved BPA is a danger to children and

adults, of course I think BPA should be more tightly regulated in the US. The U.S.

should be stricter on the regulations of BPA especially because it’s found in so many

products for children; they are the ones that are at higher risk.

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