BPA Banned in Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups!

Hey Moms, take heed! The US Food and Drug Administration has banned the use of the chemical known as BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups!

BPA stands for bisphenol A, a chemical used in the production of plastics and resins used for water bottles, and food cans. The ban was prompted by a petition from the American Chemistry Council industry group, which wanted to clarify that makers of feeding bottles and sippy cups no longer used BPA in these items.

Both the FDA and the ACC however, still stand by the safety of BPA.

The FDA said scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe, adding that trace amounts of the chemical that enter the body are rapidly metabolized and eliminated The use of BPA is still allowed in other products.

For its part, the ACC said, manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups have long since stopped using BPA due to consumer preference. But it added that the consensus of government agencies across the world is that BPA is safe for use in food-contact materials, including those intended for infants and toddlers.

BPA has been linked to possible health problems including cancer, obesity and developmental and reproductive problems. But the FDA as well as the European Food Safety Agency have said they have not found convincing evidence to support that belief.

If you want to limit your exposure to BPA, the FDA recommends the following:

Avoid using plastic containers have recycle codes marked 3 or 7 as these may be made with BPA.

Do not put very hot or boiling liquid that you intend to consume in plastic containers made with BPA. BPA levels rise in food when containers/products made with the chemical are heated and come in contact with the food.

Discard all bottles with scratches, as these may harbor bacteria and, if BPA-containing, lead to greater release of BPA.

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