BPA-Free Plastic May Release Chemicals with Estrogenic Activity
Posted on March 4, 2011 by yiqi
“The estrogenic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) has bee villified in recent years for its ubiquitous presence in numerous consumer products. But even plastic-containing products claiming to be BPA-free can still leach chemicals with estrogenic activity (EA), according to a new study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal. The leaching can get worse during regular types of use, such as microwaving or dishwashing.”
“Studies suggest exposure to EA can change the structure of many types of human cells, raising concern about adverse impacts on infants and children, including birth defects and behavioral disorders.”
“Researchers contend that EA-free plastic can be commercially produced at a cost in line with conventional plastic.” However, “many scientists believe that it is not appropriate to bet our health and that of future generations on an assumption that known cellular effects of chemicals having EA released from most plastics will have no severe adverse health effects.” Further, “plastics having comparable physical properties but that do not release chemicals having detectable EA could be produced at minimal additional cost”.
I have another recommendation. Glass milk bottles. Shatter-proof glass bottles. Problem solved.