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Thursday, April 17, 2008

10 Things To Know About Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A

I had heard about this being in plastic, but I had no idea about the food can lining. Interesting!!

1) On Friday the federal government of Canada intends to declare Bisphenol A a toxin.

2) Bisphenol A has been used in plastics since the 1950s.

3) It's alarmingly common, found in the urine of 93% of those tested over the age of six.

4) The government of Canada classes Bisphenol A as a hormone disruptor.

5) Some of the common uses of Bisphenol A include: plastic food and beverage containers, plastic food wrap, metal food can lining, coffee makers, laptop computers, dental sealant, CDs, car parts, water filters, flame retardants, paper, large water cooler jugs and textiles.

6) Some of the health risks include: damage to fetuses, negative glandular effects resulting in among other things early female puberty, genital tract changes, prostate changes, reduced testosterone, precancerous changes in breast cells, and hyperactivity.

7) Bisphenol A will likely eventually be banned in Canada in food containers, as well as water and baby bottles.

8) Bisphenol A is sometimes identified by the number seven inside a triangle.

9) Buy back programs of products containing Bisphenol A are being offered by some companies, such as The Bay.

10) As of yet there have been no alternatives discovered to create functional and spoilage preventing food can linings; consumers are advised to avoid canned food as much as possible.

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