Government sets new standards for BPA found in plastics - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/15/10

Government sets new standards for BPA found in plastics

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The government is taking a new stand on Bisphenol A, which is the chemical used in plastics that is found in water bottles, the lining of cans and many other household items, even some baby bottles and sippy cups.

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services now say the chemical may not be safe for young children after all and it's investing $30-million into more research on potential health concerns. 

Previously the FDA said BPA was safe at low levels, but additional research has raised concern that BPA might affect brain development, behavior and the prostate gland.  Meanwhile, to reduce a child's exposure to BPA, the HHS recommends throwing out scratched and worn baby bottles and cups, which could release small amounts of BPA, and don't use any plastic container to heat up breast milk or formula.

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