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
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
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.