In the last couple of years we have become worry/concern with the production of hard plastics. An additive named Bisphenol A (BPA) has come into question. A study conducted by by the University of Cincinnati suggested BPA is a risk factor for human metabolic syndrome. Human metabolic syndrome is define as a combination of medical disorders that can increase a person risk factor of developing diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease.
BPA has also been link to liver damage, reproductive disorders, and behavioral problems in animals. Now to think our government allows BPA in our hard plastics is frightening. We allow testing on animals so we can protect human life but we do not believe the test results. Its interesting that Canada outlaw the use of BPA in baby bottles over a year ago (April' 07) but our government only states we need further research.
There has been research which replicated environmental exposure of BPA to human fat tissue which demonstrated the chemical had an affected on the hormone adiponectin. Adiponectin is responsible for the regulation of insulin sensitivity to our bodies. If our insulin levels are affected then we could develop health issues. Its mind blowing that the FDA and our government is willing to comprise our health and especially our children' s health. Again the mighty dollar plays an important role.
On Monday, Dec 15, 2008 FDA released a letter stating "a large research effort" with studies which will last for years will assess the effects of BPA on monkeys and other lab animals. Great it will take anywhere from 5 - 10 years to determine the effects of BPA and during this period how many lives will be effect by the chemical BPA. Wouldn' t it be great if FDA and government would rule on the side of caution and STOP the use of BPA in hard plastics until the studies have concluded concerning the safety of BPA. President-Elect Obama, this would be a great way to demonstrated a CHANGE of government. Our health is more important than anything else. This would also be a great step to prevent an increase in our disease rate.
Products which could have BPA in their plastic
Cans - white epoxy lining
Information gather from New York Post and Deliciousliving