The ongoing fight about the banning of BPA from baby stuffs has been given consideration by the FDA – at last. The Food and Drug Administration released a statement about the banning of sippy cups, baby bottles, and other baby stuffs that contain BPA or Bisphenol- A. The consumers’ outcry about this chemical that’s present in most plastic containers, specifically baby stuffs, did not go in vain with FDA announced the ban. However, FDA’s action came out when the American Chemistry Council requested such action in order for the consumers to continue patronizing the market. While it’s the consumers’ outcry that made the administration think otherwise, it is still a healthy move, noting that it would benefit humans, particularly our little ones.
So what is this BPA actually? BPA or Bisphenol A is a chemical that’s used in manufacturing certain plastic containers and items. BPA is commonly found in the linings of internal walls of canned goods, medical equipment, and drinking water bottles. Because of this, BPA is normally absorbed by the body thru processed foods and thru the containers that we use each day. On the one hand, it is not just any chemical as it poses health risk to those consumers with high levels of BPA. It is found to disrupt the normal activities of endocrine by copying its state and alter the body’s natural processes. It is even believed to be a carcinogen and can also cause other neurological and physiological defects. Aside from that, it could also cause disorders to the lungs, reproductive system, kidneys, and can event affect a developing fetus inside a mother’s womb. Studies show that fetuses, ages 4-9 weeks, are very susceptible to its damaging effects, particularly if the mother is not aware of her pregnancy. It can cause damages to the fetus’ reproductive system, hormone development, and immune system. When the mother is exposed to the chemical in large doses, it could even abort its baby. Despite the terrible damages that it could cause, consumers were dumbfounded when FDA released a contemptuous response about the ban of BPA in the manufacture of plastic containers. Thankfully, anti-BPA activists continued their fight, which did not go in vain as FDA made it official to ban the use of BPA of all manufacturers.
Meanwhile, it is still highly advisable to never consume too much amount of preserved foods in your diet despite the absence of BPA in the lining of canned goods. We should always remember that health issues aren’t only caused by BPA, but are actually caused by a collection of chemicals that we take from sodas, junk foods, fast foods, and many more. Simply put it, BPA never stops all our health woes, but it’s banning is just one of the ways to eliminate one of the culprits of the destruction of human health.