I have just bought myself a BPA free drink bottle. If you are wondering what the heck is that? You are probably not the only one.

BPA  (acronym for Bisphenol-A) is a building block chemical used in polycarbonate, a type of plastic that is commonly used in water bottles. Apparently scientific research indicates that BPA may be potentially harmful if ingested in certain quantities.

From what I have discovered:

  • The use of BPA is so profound that it was detected in the urine of 93% of the (U.S.) population over 6 years of age.
  • The highest estimated intake of bisphenol A occurs in infants and children. Their intake is greatest because pound for pound they eat, drink, and breathe more than adults.
  • One thing that many people seem to agree on is that high temperatures can cause BPA to leach into the food or beverage.
  • This concern has led Canadian retailers to pull all baby bottles made with BPA from the shelves. In the United States, many manufacturers and retailers are beginning to do the same.
  • “Food Standards Australia New Zealand has evaluated the safety of BPA and plasticisers in baby bottles and concluded that levels of intake … are very low and do not pose a risk to babies health.”
  • However Australia’s major retail chains have agreed to not introduce new stock of the bottles which contain Bisphenol A (BPA), as part of a voluntary phase out (June 2010).
  • Other sources of polycarbonate (apart from water bottles) are food and drink packaging, including infant bottles, toddler sipping cups, tableware, and food containers. Epoxy resins are also used to line metal products such as canned foods, bottle tops, and water supply pipes.

TIPS FOR USING

  • Keep the heat away from BPA – Don’t warm bottles made with BPA in the stove or microwave, don’t put boiling water in them, and do not place them in the dishwasher.
  • Recycle, do not reuse – Use the product only for what it was intended for. Do not reuse bottles or microwave trays if they were not made to be reused.
  • Buy BPA free – If you buy BPA free products then there is no need to worry about the potential dangers!

For more information see:

MedicineNet.com          

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

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