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What Is B P A - F D A Denies Ban
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What is B P A  -  F D A Denies Ban

This chemical is currently very much in the news, but just exactly why the sudden concern? Not really sudden because it has been a concern of many for several years. The current news is focusing on the fact that the FDA has refused to ban BPA.

For many years I have been reading about additives to our food supply and the possible connection to cancer. One of the controversial additives is Bisphenol A - a plastic hardening chemical - commonly known as BPA. This chemical has been used in the packaging industry of food and beverages since the 1950's.

Bisphenol A was invented about 120 years ago but more recently has been widely used in massive amounts in the manufacturing of plastic bottles and also in the epoxy lining of metal food cans. Other sources of BPA, which have also been highlighted as a potential exposure risk, would be a component of non-metal dental fillings, the thermal paper used in many receipts and its use has been escalating in medical devices.

Recent studies have shown that, in adults, the exposure to BPA is being linked to heart disease and diabetes. Exposure is coupled with the use of polycarbonate food containers and the fact that it is used in so many varieties of canned goods. The BPA is said to leech from the lining into the food products and thus being ingested into the body. This chemical mimics estrogen in the body and scientists are still trying to determine exactly what the effects are to our health once ingested.

Research on BPA is still relatively new, but scientists are becoming alarmed at the results from various studies conducted on animals. Their concern stems from the fact that Americans are consistently exposed to levels of Bisphenol A that have proved harmful to animals.

  • According to the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, the studies done on animals link BPA directly to weight gain, the early onset of puberty, behavioral changes, diabetes, prostate and breast cancer.

Due to increased concern of the effects of this chemical to our bodies and also pressure from the consumer, many companies have responded by removing BPA from their products. However, there is still a vast majority of manufacturers of canned goods that continue to use this sealant to prevent spoilage and contamination of their product.

Many companies have decided to stop using BPA in their products and have some have switched to using available alternative sealants.

Despite the consequences that research has shown on the adverse effects of the leeching of this chemical into our bodies; the Food and Drug Administration has chosen not to ban the use of BPA. Their reasoning is that science does not support the claims that Bisphenol A poses a serious threat to human health.

Then again the FDA says that their ruling against the ban does not mean that BPA is safe. Their intentions are to continue to evaluate the use of this much debated chemical.

My concerns are still there even though the FDA has made the decision to continue to allow BPA to be used. The largest threat to our heath today is hidden within the food we eat and Bisphenol A is only one of the many offenders. It is important to become informed on the negative aspects of all additives, and to share this knowledge with others.


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