BPA, or Bisphenol-A, is an industrial chemical used to manufacture a range of plastic products, including water bottles and the lining of food and beverage cans and, yes, sippy cups. The chemical is now also found in an overwhelming majority of Americans, and a recent study found traces of it in 90 percent of infant cord blood.
BPA exposure has been linkedto disruptions in the endocrine system, an issue that can cause reproductive, neurological, and behavioral problems. But he federal government has yet to make a final decision on whether low level exposure to the chemical is a threat to public health.
The government is plannig to spend $30 million to investigate the risks associated to exposure to BPA, but since the feds are taking so long to rule its safety, states such as Wisconsin and Washington State have taken the matter into its own hands and has voted to ban BPA
Some of the tips include discarding scratched baby bottles and cups that contain BPA, and avoid putting boiling hot water in any container that contains the chemical.
Other smart tips for limiting exposure to BPA are in this article. Until we know more, let’s take care!