Natural Health

Healthy living, herbal remedies and DIY natural beauty.

Add to My MSN

China Leaps Ahead of U.S. With BPA Ban

3/8/2011 10:11:56 AM

Tags: bisphenol A, BPA, China BPA ban, BPA bans, chemical policy, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailLeaping ahead of the United States, China has banned bisphenol A (BPA)—an estrogen-mimicking chemical suspected of causing cancer, early puberty and brain alteration—from children’s products, Sarah Jannsen reports on the National Resources Defense Council site. The Chinese Ministry of Health has decided that BPA leaching from baby bottles presents a risk to infants’ health, Jannsen reports. The action comes on the heels of bans in Europe, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

“While other countries have banned use because there is no strong evidence that this chemical is safe and plenty of reason to think it is harmful, the U.S. stubbornly refuses to regulate BPA,” Janssen writes.

The FDA has not addressed the chemical, and its proposal to list BPA as a “chemical of concern” has stalled in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Nine states have passed laws regulating the use of BPA, putting states that have not enacted bans “at risk for becoming the dumping grounds for all the banned BPA products from elsewhere,” Jannsen warns. “Our lax chemical regulatory laws and the lack of political to fix them will means that we run the risk of becoming the toxic dumping ground for all the products which have been banned in other countries.”

It’s up to us to keep ourselves and our families free of BPA. Check out Dr. Linda White’s excellent guide to safer plastics and Natural Home’s Five Steps to Avoiding BPA. The NRDC’s recommendations for avoiding exposure include:

--Limit your canned food consumption by eating fresh or frozen produce and buying processed food in "brick" cartons, pouches or glass.

--Limit your canned soda and beer consumption. Choose glass instead.

--Avoid baby bottles and sippy cups made of polycarbonate (hard, clear, shatterproof) plastic. They are marked with the recycling symbol #7, and sometimes labeled "PC." (Not all #7 plastics are polycarbonates; the only way to know is to call the manufacturer.)

--Use a BPA-free reusable water bottle, such as an unlined stainless steel bottle.

canned food 

 Limit your canned food consumption to avoid BPA. 

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


t brandt
3/9/2011 8:04:44 AM
Time out. The "dangers" of PCB are imagined based on lab studies in small mammals fed ridiculously high amounts of the chemical, and one lousy study from China where factory workers making the stuff were said to have lower fertility rates than others. Tell me, how does one determine fertility rate in a country with an official "one child policy"? we've been using the chemical here for decades with no known adverse effects. Let's worry about something more important.

Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.