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BPA in Plastic: Avoiding BPA

There has been much debate over whether plastic and plastic food containers pose a danger to your health. The reason? BPA. BPA – or Bisphenol A – is a chemical used in the production of some plastics and resins, as well as the lining of some food cans, and trace amounts can leach into your food and beverages from these containers.

BPA – or Bisphenol A – is a chemical used in the production of some plastics and resins.

The FDA says scientific evidence has not definitively determined low levels of BPA in plastic and can lining is unsafe.

The FDA's findings showed:

  • Exposure to BPA in human infants is from 84 to 92 percent less than estimated.
  • Even though the exposure to BPA in babies is less than estimated, in July 2012, the FDA announced that baby bottles and "sippy cups" can no longer contain BPA.
  • The level of BPA from food that could be passed from pregnant mothers to their unborn children is so low it could not be measured.

Make informed decisions:

  • Avoid BPA by using glass or stainless-steel containers to store, heat and consume food and liquids
  • Breastfeed or use glass bottles if you're using formula
  • Discard scratched plastic containers
  • Remember that plastic containers with recycle codes 3 or 7 on the bottom may contain BPA

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