FDA to Re-evaluate BPA Safety
Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, is a chemical that has been used for more than 40 years in the manufacture of many hard plastic food containers such as baby bottles and reusable cups and the lining of metal food and beverage cans, including canned liquid infant formula. According to the FDA, trace amounts of BPA can be found in some foods packaged in these containers.
In 2008, the FDA judged food-related materials containing BPA on the market to be safe, however, recent studies showing health effects of low doses of BPA in laboratory animals have lead the FDA to express some concern about the safety of BPA. Because of this, the Department of Health and Human Services is investing in new studies for both animals and humans to determine and evaluate the potential health effects of BPA exposure.
In the meantime, the FDA is recommending the following step in reducing exposure to BPA, especially to parents:
Plastic containers that contain BPA are usually marked with the number 3 or 7 on the bottom.
Discard scratched containers, especially baby bottles and infant feeding cups because the chemical can seep through any scratches.
Do not put boiling or very hot water or other liquids in a BPA-container. Traces of BPA are transferred when hot or boiling liquids or food comes in contact with a BPA-container.
Use only containers marked “dishwasher safe” or “microwave safe”.