HHS Recommends Parents Limit Child’s Exposure to the Chemical BPA

January 19, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ The plastic compound Bisphenol A (BPA), commonly used to harden plastics in such items as baby bottles, may pose health risks, this according to a statement by the U.S. Food and Drug administration.

For decades, BPA has been used by manufacturers to harden plastics such as baby bottles, beverage containers and food containers, but in recent times, the chemical’s safety has been called into question. British scientists have gone so far as to link BPA with heart disease, diabetes and liver problems. Other studies have suggested that BPA causes cancer and sexual dysfunction, as well.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a statement recommending that parents limit a child’s exposure to BPA, which includes throwing away scratched plastic baby bottles and cups. The Canadian government is taking further steps and is planning to ban baby bottles made with BPA.

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