BPA Free Products Still Contain Toxic Chemicals
In an article published today by Food Consumer, the chemical substance Bisphenol A which has commonly been found in plastic products is very likely being replaced rather than removed, circumventing new legislation that has emerged to regulate the presence of toxins in these products. According to one of the site's contributors, Dr. Mercola, a new, lesser known chemical, Bisphenol S, is now also appearing in quantities just as great as its predecessor has appeared. According to Mercola:
'Similar to the way food manufacturers label a bag of gummy bears as "fat-free," implying it's good for you while staying silent about the massive amounts of sugar they contain, plastics manufacturers can legally make it appear their products are safe by labeling them BPA-free, even though they may contain BPS, or another similar toxic chemical, that they don't mention. More corporate lies of omission that can and do hurt your health.
In the case of BPS, there's reason to believe it is just as dangerous to human health, and possibly more so, than BPA, although the research is not nearly as abundant just yet. Writing in the journal Toxicology In Vitro, researchers stated:
"In 2011, the European Commission has restricted the use of Bisphenol A in plastic infant feeding bottles. In a response to this restriction, Bisphenol S is now often used as a component of plastic substitutes for the production of babybottles. One of the major concerns leading to the restriction of Bisphenol A was its weak estrogenic activity. By using two highly standardised transactivation assays, we could demonstrate that the estrogenic activity of Bisphenol A and Bisphenol S is of a comparable potency."'
To learn more about the chemical BPS and its health impacts, please see the full article on Food Consumer here.