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New BPA Substitute May Be Equally Dangerous

New BPA Substitute May Be Equally Dangerous

Faced with a growing number of scientific studies that show exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) has a negative impact on human health, companies are starting to remove it from many plastic and paper product. Unfortunately, they’ve largely replaced it with a chemically similar compound, called Bisphenol-S (BPS).

It’s a new twist on the classic bait-and-switch: when consumers are up in arms about the toxicity of a certain material, companies quietly replace it with something equally dangerous, but lesser known. They get to rebrand their products and consumers thing they’re protecting themselves from risk.

A study recently published in Environmental Science & Technology finds that more toxicology research is required before we’ll really know whether BPS is safer than BPA. Although it has not been studied as much as BPA, preliminary studies show that BPS shares many of the same hormone-mimicking properties.

In the study, researchers found BPS in 16 types of paper and paper products, including thermal receipts, paper currencies, flyers, magazines, newspapers, food contact papers, airplane luggage tags, paper towels, printing paper and toilet paper. BPS was also found in 87 percent of currency bill samples from 21 countries. This means there is tremendous opportunity for humans to be exposed to the chemical without really knowing about its potential impact.

Even more worrisome is the fact that other research has found that bisphenol S is much less biodegradable than BPA. In a study of eight bisphenol compounds, bisphenol S was the most persistent.

Related Reading:

FDA Won’t Ban BPA In Food

China And Malaysia Ban BPA In Baby Bottles

Campbell’s Will Remove BPA From Soup Cans…Eventually

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9:43PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

So predictable...

11:35PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

This is crazy, replace BPS with BPA?

10:06AM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Hey, here's an idea: as there seems to be no safe way to make plastic, why don't we get rid of it altogether?!

12:30AM PDT on May 31, 2012

great article, thanks for sharing!

10:04PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Frightening

6:37PM PDT on May 30, 2012

:(

5:04PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Very discouraging news. Wish they would get it right, for all mankind.

2:32PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Thanks for posting!

1:49PM PDT on May 30, 2012

The devil we know versus the devil we don't ... one of the eternal quandaries of mankind!

12:08PM PDT on May 30, 2012

not surprised! ty

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