US Federal health officials have committed $30 million, to point up the health risks associated with bisphenol A (BPA).
BPA? Yes, it's so common you have no idea how much of it you've already consumed.
The chemical has long been utilized as a plastic softener to form pliable baby bottles, cups, and plastic packaging. And several scientists have raised serious questions about its safety over the years.
BPA, studies show, can mimic the action of female reproductive hormones. It is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and liver abnormalities.
Infants' exposure is a particular concern--- little ones are often much more sensitive to toxic effects than are adults.
William Corr--- US deputy secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)--- says his health agency wants "short- and longer-term studies" of BPA, concerned especially for its use in infant food containers.
Corr also announced plans to form an interagency task force. It will take on the general topic of children's environmental health risks, he said.
HHS has posted an FDA list of manufacturers, who say they are no longer using BPA BPA in baby bottles and infant feeding cups (manufactured since January 2009).
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences director, Linda Birnbaum, PhD, says that $15 million in economic stimulus money is now earmarked for BPA studies. That doubles the $15 million set out in the agency's existing research.
This BPA study comes none too soon. And it may already be having a positive impact on children's health--- before it even begins.
Some of the companies (that say they no longer use BPA in US markets) include Avent, Doctor Brown's Natural Flow, Evenflow, First Essentials, Gerber, Munchkin, Nuk, and Playtex.
So what about the rest of the world? BPA anyone?