The Chinese Ministry of Health announced earlier this month that it has decided to pursue approving a ban of BPA (bisphenol A) from children's products, particularly in infant bottles.
BPA leaching can come from a variety of products, predominantly found in all sorts of plastics including those used in making baby bottles, the linings of canned food products and even in the silky paper common in store register receipts. Once in the body, BPA, an endocrine disruptor, mimics estrogen and has been connected with serious illnesses including several types of cancer, metabolic changes, hormonal issues such as fertility challenges in women, and young girls starting their periods before the normal puberty age, and slowed or impaired brain development among infants and small children and those in utero.
China will be joining a recently passed European Union ban on BPA containing products and other countries, including Canada and the United Arab Emirates also have banned BPA. It is still unregulated in the United States.
And despite the worldwide moves to reduce BPA exposure, a new study published in the scientific journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, revealed that virtually all commercially available plastic products sampled by the research team leached chemicals "having reliably-detectable EA [endocrine activity], including those advertised as BPA-free," as reported by the team of scientists led by University of Texas neurobiologist, George Bittner. The study appeared in a recent TIME Magazine article revealing startling facts about plastic including, "In some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having more EA than BPA-containing products."
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