Learn More About BPA's
- Campbell's Soup and BPA - bcaction.org/2012/03/12/update-re-campbells-soup-and-bpa/
- Cancer-linked BPA in Store Receipts - healthiertalk.com/cancer-linked-bpa-store-receipts-2375
- BPA linked to breast cancer tumor growth - www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140306163359.htm
Facts: Bisphenol A (BPA)
- BPA exhibits hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in some consumer products and food containers.
- A 2010 report from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified possible hazards to fetuses, infants, and young children.
- Plastic packaging is split into seven broad classes for recycling purposes by a Plastic identification code. As of 2014 there are no BPA labeling requirements for plastics in the US. In general, plastics that are marked with Resin Identification Codes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with the Resin Identification Code 7 may be made with BPA.
- The major human exposure route to BPA is diet, including ingestion of contaminated food and water.
- A 2009 Health Canada study found that the majority of canned soft drinks it tested had low, but measurable levels of bisphenol A.
- One often overlooked source of exposure occurs when a pregnant woman is exposed, thereby exposing the fetus.
World production capacity of BPA compound was 1 million tons in the 1980s, and more than 2.2 million tons in 2009. In 2003, U.S. consumption was 856,000 tons, 72% of which used to make polycarbonate plastic and 21% going into epoxy resins. In the U.S., less than 5% of the BPA produced is used in food contact applications, but remains in the canned food industry and printing applications such as sales receipts.
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