BPA Ban Not Enough
In response to the United States Food and Drug Administration's recent ban on the chemical bisphenol-A, a geneticist at Washington State University has declared that this ban gives the false impression that plastic bottles are now safe. The truth of the matter, says Patricia Hunt, is that a number of other endocrine disrupting chemicals are often used in lieu of BPA, and can be equally dangerous to individual health. Writes reporter Dave Cotton:
The FDA this week announced that baby bottles and children's drinking cups can no longer contain bisphenol A (BPA). The move mirrors actions taken by several states, including Washington, to ban the chemical from children's food containers and drinking cups.
"BPA free doesn't necessarily mean safe, and that's kinda scary," said Hunt. "When we go for that BPA free bottle we're not always going to get something that's completely free of this chemical because the manufacturers can tweak this molecule a little bit, so it's a similar molecule but it can have just as bad of affect in the body."
To learn more about the other endocrine disruptors that threaten human health, as well as Patricia Hunt's work on plastic chemicals, see the full article on KHQ Right Now, here.