The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/13/13

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Tue, 08/13/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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BPA and Risks to Public Health
BPA and Risks to Public Health

Joe Uris hosts a discussion of BPA and a lack of regulation in the U.S.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.

BPA exhibits hormone-like properties at high dosage levels that raise concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers where exposure is orders of magnitude lower.  A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified possible hazards to fetuses, infants, and young children. 

The European Union and Canada have restricted BPA for use in baby bottles. Whereas US FDA has removed the use of BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups and infant formula packaging based on market abandonment, not safety.

The Environmental Working Group called the ban "purely cosmetic". In a statement they said,"If the agency truly wants to prevent people from being exposed to this toxic chemical associated with a variety of serious and chronic conditions it should ban its use in cans of infant formula, food and beverages." 

 

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