Controversial Plastic

About a month ago I published two articles about plastic that gets into our bodies. One was Chemicals in Children’s Products and the other was Ban Plastic from the Kitchen.

Now comes news from one of Canada’s most respected newspapers that a “Controversial chemical found in canned foods, U.S. tests show“. The article then goes on to talk about how “Bisphenol A linked in animal tests to hormonally related health effects“.

To quote part of the article from the Wed, Mar 7, 2007 edition of The Globe and Mail,
“Bisphenol A is used to make polycarbonate plastic, which is a sturdy, glass-like compound used in many water bottles. It is commonly identified by the plastic industry’s triangle symbol containing the number 7. Bisphenol A is also added to the resins used to line the inside of tin cans to prevent foods from picking up a metallic taste.”

“The chemical bonds that hold bisphenol A together in products are unstable, allowing some of it to dissolve off containers into foods and beverages.”

“But a spokesman for bisphenol A manufacturers says the amounts inadvertently being eaten in food are nothing to worry about. ‘Human exposures to BPA from these kinds of products is well below a level that would cause concern,‘ said Steven Hentges, executive director of the polycarbonate business unit of the American Plastics Council.”

Read my two articles and the Globe and Mail piece (you’ll probably have to register there) and then I will leave you, my readers, to decide whether to trust or not trust the manufacturers’ spokesperson.

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