BPA Raising Concerns
The Role of BPA
- Thyroid function
- Brain growth
- Behavioral development
- Development of the pituitary gland
BPA in the Body
- Clear or colored containers or bottles with the recycling number 3 or 7 and the letters PC—polycarbonate plastic
- Canned foods
- Liquid infant formula in canned containers—powdered formula in cans does not appear to have detectable levels of BPA
- Avoiding the use of containers that have BPA for storage or delivery of infant formula and breast milk
- Reducing BPA exposure in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- When possible, choose glass or stainless steel containers; they do not contain BPA.
- If you have plastics with the recycling number 3 or 7, avoid heating the plastic by:
- Avoid putting them in microwaves or in hot water on the stove, especially when preparing infant formula.
- Do not put boiling water or hot foods in them.
- Avoid using the dishwasher—wash by hand with soap and warm water.
- Replace worn, old, or scratched PC plastic containers.
- Women that are pregnant or breastfeeding should choose fresh or frozen foods over canned foods to reduce exposure to BPA.
Taking It Home
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
National Institute of Environmental Sciences http://www.niehs.nih.gov
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Bisphenol A information for parents. United States Department of Health and Human Services website. Available at: http://www.hhs.gov/safety/bpa/. Accessed October 6, 2011.
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FDA continues to study BPA. US Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm297954.htm. Updated August 23, 2013. Accessed October 20, 2013.
Prenatal and childhood BPA exposure linked to anxiety, hyperactivity in boys. Environmental Health News website. Available at: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/2013/07/boys-bisphenol-a/. Published July 25, 2013. Accessed October 20, 2013.
Spotlight on Bisphenol A fact sheet. CDC website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/pdf/BisphenolA%5FFactSheet.pdf. Updated January 2010. Accessed October 20, 2013.
Yang S. BPA linked to thyroid hormone changes in pregnant women, newborns. UC Berkeley News Center website. Available at: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/10/04/bpa-thyroid-hormone-changes/. Updated October 4, 2013. Accessed October 20, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2013 -
- Update Date: 10/20/2013 -
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