The Buzz on BPA


by SHANIQUA MANNING / NorthWest Cable News

Posted on March 24, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:26 AM

I used to wish that each of my kids had come with an instruction booklet.  But there would be so many revisions to those booklets every year I wouldn't be able to keep track anyway. 

The latest buzz is about BPA (Bisphenol A).  They're chemicals that can leach from everyday plastics like toys, bottles and food containers.  

Doctors are worried they'll lead to reproductive problems and developmental disorders like ADHD.  So what's a parent to do? 

Experts say never heat your food or drinks in plastic or plastic wrap. And look for products labeled BPA free.  Better yet, they say use glass and metal instead.  Honestly, how long would a plastic ban last at your house? 


Here’s a BPA TIP SHEET that lets you know what to look out for and what those little symbols on the bottom of your plastics mean.   And if you really want to do a little digging, here are a few links with lots of BPA background:

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

CDC National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

Leading researcher Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana from Seattle Children's Research Institute is a nationally renowned expert on BPA and other environmental issues involving children. She helps us break down BPA's in this week's Northwest Families.

You can watch Northwest Families on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. on Northwest Cable News.


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