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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastic containers is safe. Originally the FDA had approved it, but then a different agency, the National Toxicology Program, said there was risk for infants drinking out of bottles containing BPA. The risk was thought to contribute to low birth weight in fetuses and brain development and behavior in infants.
The CDC reports that most (93%) Americans have traces of bisphenol in their urine. The FDA has reported that the levels we are exposed to are much below (thousands of times below) what is thought to be dangerous to adults and children.
Canada is already working on banning the use of BPA in baby bottles and the US has also introduced legislation to ban it as well. A meeting is being held in September where the FDA and others will debate the safety of BPA.
What to use
Personally I am using cups and bottles for myself and my baby that are free of BPA. Even if the FDA and other agencies find that it is safe in small doses, at the end of the day it is still a toxin that I don't feel a need to have in my urine (or in my son Basil's!)
When this controversy first started it was difficult to find bottles for adults and children that were BPA free. Now companies that are BPA advertise this fact so it is fairly easy to find one. I routinely carry my aluminum bottle (Sigg or Klean Kanteen have great ones) and I avoid all plastics not only for health reasons but to save our landfills from getting more and more clogged with plastic water bottles.
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