BohoMamma has been reporting our frustration over the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in bottles and sippy cups for years. In an article by The Los Angeles Times, an FDA representative suggested that the ruling was based in some part on the fact that manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups had already phased out the use of BPA. We’ll take what we can get. In fact, Europe, Canada and China (China!) have all banned the use of BPA in children’s products.
The FDA has a history of minimizing any adverse health effects of BPA. In 2008, the agency issued a statement which suggested the agency would continue to study adverse health risks of BPA, while still standing in support of the use of the chemical in packaging. In 2010, the FDA released a statement which stated that the “FDA shares the perspective of the National Toxicology Program that recent studies provide reason for some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.”
While the FDA’s ruling ensures that manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups will not utilize the chemical; BPA is still used in food packaging, including baby formula.
Although Federal legislation has been introduced banning the use of BPA in all food products, it has languished.
BohoMamma believes that the outcry from moms, mommy bloggers, environmental groups and others has helped to create this shift in thinking. So, keeping speaking. Let’s get BPA out of all food products.