Okay… BPA in plastics … we’ve been through this so, sooo much but I have to give you the latest…
Remember that independent study that the FDA was waiting for?… well, the results are in, and drumroll please… an independent panel of scientists is criticizing the FDA for “under-estimating the dangers of BPA in plastics”! (*well, no look of surprise on my face here!) The panel goes on to say that the margin of safety established by the FDA is “inadequate”.
- Avoid recycle #7. Most are full of BPA. If you’re buying a product and see it on the bottom, PUT IT BACK!
- Avoid recycle #3 also – it indicates Phthalates (linked to reproduction problems, early puberty, obesity and diabetes).
- Recycle numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are best… safe and recyclable.
- Simply buy reusable bottles that are BPA and Phthalate-free!
Also, remember that dishwashers and microwaves breakdown the chemicals in these products further (the reason for the concern about baby bottles, coupled with the knowledge that young ones are most at risk). If they’ve turned hazy, they are especially dangerous because they have already broken down.
What more do they need to know? These chemicals are simply used as hardeners and stabilizers of plastics (to increase durability) and we know plastics can be made WITHOUT them!
What’s it going to take before they recognize that human safety and well-being is so much more important than the gain and well-being of the big manufacturers that create these toxic plastics and the companies who use them??? They said they were awaiting the results of this independent study so…
Now… FDA? What’cha gonna do?
(P.S. Don’t you just love how recycle #7 is coded as “Other”… ironic, no?)