Bisphenol A, also called BPA, is a white solid that has been used since the 1960s to make light, transparent, and hard plastics.
BPA plastic products include baby bottles, sippy cups, and toys. BPA can also be in water bottles, plastic tableware, reusable cups, food and beverage containers, and medical devices. Other products that may contain BPA include floors, paints, coatings for food and wine cans, and dental sealants.
Where is bisphenol A (BPA) found?
- Consumer products: hard plastic products, food packaging and baby products.
- Food, water and beverages: leaching from plastic products and containers.
How can I be exposed to bisphenol A (BPA)?
Bisphenol A (BPA) commonly enters the body by eating.
Ingestion (swallowing): Ingestion of food, water, or beverages that have been in containers made with BPA or that have dental sealants that contain BPA.
What happens when I am exposed to bisphenol A (BPA)?
BPA is an endocrine disruptor. Exposure to BPA can cause:
- Changes in the development and behavior of infants and children.
- Changes in a developing fetus.
- Interference with the body's natural hormones.
- Changes in reproductive function.
Who is at risk of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA)?
- The consumers
Many consumer plastic products and food and beverage packaging contain BPA.
- Infants and children
Many older baby and child products contain BPA.
Reduce your risk
If you think your health has been affected by exposure to BPA, please contact your healthcare professional.
Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling chemicals. For poison emergencies or questions about possible poisons, contact your local medical control center.
- Do you eat food from cans lined with BPA plastics or use plastic containers to store or heat food?
- Do you use bottled water and drinks?
- Do you use plastic bottles or baby cups for your children?
- Do your children play with plastic toys?
Prevent and fix
- Check the labels on bottles and food containers to make sure they do not contain BPA.
- Discard plastic bottles, baby feeding cups, water bottles, food containers, and toys that may contain BPA.
- Avoid using plastic storage containers marked with recycling code # 3 or # 7, which contain BPA.
- Avoid heating plastics in the microwave, which can cause BPA and other chemicals to leach into food.
- Avoid foods in cans that may be lined with BPA plastics.
- Replace plastic products with reusable glass utensils and baby bottles.
- Replace plastic water bottles or coffee and tea cups with glass or stainless steel.
- Keep plastics cool.
- Eat less canned goods and more fresh foods when possible.
Protect the children
- Throw away plastic bottles, cups, and containers that are scratched or contain BPA.
- Use bottles and sippy cups that do not contain BPA.
- Do not put boiling or very hot baby formula or other liquids in bottles that may contain BPA