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Definition: According to the US Food and Drug Administration, "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 has been used for years in all forms of common food plastics including those used to manufacture plastic baby bottles, water bottles and food storage containers. It was assumed that the levels of BPA contained in these products were well within acceptable limits and would pose no health risks.

Since 2008 however, concerns were raised regarding the potential health risks of BPA and studies were conducted that support concerns of harmful exposure, especially to infants and children. This has prompted the FDA to pursue in-depth studies to clarify health risks associated with BPA exposure and to strive for a strong regulatory oversight of BPA. Manufacturers for the most part have been quick to pull BPA products and provide consumers with better alternative.

You can read up on the latest information:
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and from the U.S. Government - Advice to Parents. This March 2012 article from SaferStates.com is also an interesting read: FDA Refuses to Regulate BPA

For these reasons, consumers should ensure that they discard and do not use any plastics which are suspected of containing BPA. In the absence of a clear label that states BPA-free, when in doubt, do not buy such products. Chose instead, glass baby bottles and safe drinking bottles and food storage containers.

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Water 101 - Quality, Filtration, Bottled, Storage
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Pronunciation: bis.phe.nal A
Also Known As: BPA
Alternate Spellings: biphenal A
Common Misspellings: biphenal A, byphenal A
Examples:
Hard plastic baby bottles can contain BPA. Ensure they are safe by only buying bottles that are clearly marked BPA-free.

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