I came across an article last week, that I’ve been sitting on for awhile now. I’m sure that by now, most people have heard that the FDA, along with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has deemed BPA safe, concluding that BPA is rapidly metabolized, and therefore, pose no harmful effects.
I think this article hit the nail on the head when they said, “Metabolism doesn’t inform safety.”
There was also another article that was released last week that shows no reproductive or developmental effects from BPA (the study was done on mice). This article bugged me on so many levels, that I don’t even know where to begin.
“A number of small-scale basic research studies reporting adverse effects of BPA have generated significant news coverage and public concern in recent months, resulting in an incomplete picture,” said Rochelle W. Tyl, Ph.D., a senior fellow at RTI who designed, conducted the new study. “To appropriately assess health risks, robust studies, performed under rigorous Good Laboratory Practice principles must be used.”
That would be well and good if this particular study hadn’t been funded by the American Plastics Council and the American Chemistry Council. I’m more inclined to believe the small scale studies that aren’t having bribes shoved in their pockets. Who wants to help me poke holes?
- Fetuses and infants are more sensitive… long terms effects will not ever really be known (which you can say about a lot of chemicals)
- The National Toxicology Program and the National Institute of Health have stated otherwise.
I’m not sure about you, but for me, that’s more than enough for me to make the decision to find an alternative to using BPA, especially when the alternatives don’t have to drain your savings account. Many parents just aren’t willing to take the risk, especially when there’s no real clear answer of how this will affect people long term.
This is obviously something where you have to make your own decision. We at SafeMama™ still stand behind being BPA free.