WHAT CAN YOU DO
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Q: Where Am I Exposed?
Bisphenol-A leaches into foods and liquids stored in polycarbonate plastic and plastic-lined containers or water tanks. The older the polycarbonate plastic container, the greater the leaching activity. Temperature affects the amount of leaching from these containers, with higher temperatures (as from dishwashing or boiling) increasing leaching. Phthalates leach into foods from plastic packaging as well. Food that is stored in BPA-lined metal cans or plastic storage containers absorbs some of the BPA from the container. Babies are exposed to these chemicals when they mouth plastic toys, drink baby formula from cans lined with plastic resins, or drink from plastic baby bottles. Since fetuses and babies are particularly susceptible to the health effects of these toxic chemicals, parents should be particularly concerned about exposures both before and after birth.
Q: What Can I Do?
Adapted from the Practice Prevention Columns on the Collaborative on Health and the Environment website, and other sources as indicated.