GLRPPR Sector Resource: A Warning for Parents: "BPA-Free" May Not Equal "Safe"
A Warning for Parents: "BPA-Free" May Not Equal "Safe"
The hormone-altering chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been banned from baby bottles and cups for young children (including sippy cups) in California (and in some EU countries), and nationwide most companies have removed the chemical from these products. BPA is estrogenic, meaning it can mimic the action of estrogen, a powerful hormone that controls sexual development, is important in conception and during pregnancy, and plays a role in the growth of some breast cancers. Scientists have found in animal studies that even very low levels of BPA exposure can lead to health problems, including harm to the mammary gland, ovaries, pituitary gland, and impacts on brain development, reproduction, and other health concerns.
Many parents assume that a sippy cup labeled "BPA-free" must be safe, or at least must be free of estrogenic health threats. But because there are no rules in the U.S. that require companies to disclose the chemicals they use in products sold for our children and families, there is no way to know if the chemicals used to replace BPA might be just as -- or even more -- harmful. This toxic shell game puts us all at risk from unknown and untested chemicals in hundreds of everyday products.
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