Waiter, there’s BPA in my baby food!
BPA, otherwise known as Bisphenol-A is a very hot topic in the baby products industry right now. BPA is used mainly as a building block in producing polycarbonate; which is what most plastic baby bottles are made of. But did you know that BPA is used in many other ways that are not as publicized and yet still very prevalent in our everyday lives?
Metal food and beverage cans have a thin coating on the interior surface. This coating contains BPA. This sealant is essential to prevent corrosion of the can and contamination of the food and beverages inside. It also helps to prevent canned foods from becoming spoiled by bacteria. In some instances, its used as a sealant on the metal caps on baby food jars, for the same reason.
Are you considering a dental sealant for yourself or your child? They are an important tool in preventing tooth decay by providing a protective barrier on the teeth, particularly when used during a child’s formative years. Well, those sealants most likely also contain BPA. Limited research has found that low levels of BPA may be released from certain sealants, although only during a short time period immediately after application of the sealant.
Other uses of BPA
There are many uses of BPA which are designed to enhance the health and safety of children; some of which we access every day and don’t think about. For example, polycarbonate plastic (as stated above) is used to make shatter-resistant bottles and food storage containers. CDs and DVDs, components of life-saving medical devices, incubator domes, lightweight and virtually unbreakable corrective eyeglass lenses, and sports safety equipment such as bicycle helmets all contain some levels of BPA.
There have been many studies done around the world on the leaching and effects of BPA. Most conclude that the amount of BPA needed to cause some of the harmful effects on us and our children, we couldn’t possible consume in a lifetime. Although research results vary, more studies are needed, that is clear. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that potential human exposure to BPA is more than 400 times lower than the maximum acceptable dose for BPA of 0.05 mg/kg body weight/day.
In summary, BPA is present in our everyday lives but in the case of our newborn and infant children we are most aware because of accessories we use to feed them (polycarbonate bottles). As parents we try to eliminate all the hazards we can from our children’s’ lives and at KidCo we feel the same way. That’s why our complete line of BabySteps Natural Feeding products is not made from polycarbonate and therefore does not contain BPA.