BPA Is Everywhere
Phthalates are common in cosmetics, personal care products, baby bottles, sales receipts and all kinds of plastics (including pop bottles and the lining of food cans). Since they are so ubiquitous and are not identified on labels, even the most cautious consumer will ingest some level of BPA.
Care2 has carried numerous posts on the risks associated with BPA, including the five linked below. Studies have linked phthalates to “an increased risk of prostate cancer, to heart disease, to damage of the reproductive system.” It can cause changes in breast tissue, body size, brain structure and behavior in laboratory animals. It is a weak endocrine disruptor.
Given the increasing weight of evidence, you might think regulators would ban it. However, that is not the case in North America or most of the world. In 2008, Health Canada classed the chemical as a health hazard but only ousted it from baby bottles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced it will not ban BPA on cans and food packaging because the research is inconclusive.
A quick search for “Bisphenol A” on Google Scholar returns 168,000 links. Scanning the titles reveals a heavy load of damning evidence. Apparently that is not enough to prompt action. Once again, the “precautionary principle” means protecting the interests of industry rather than consumers.
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