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Canada is looking to ban BPA from baby bottles, as it affects early development

Statistics Canada reported that 91 percent the country's population has a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) in their bodies, which is commonly found in baby bottles and has become increasingly more present in the daily life of Canadians. 

BPA is a harmful chemical that can cause obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It is found in plastic bottles, baby bottles, the lining of food cans, and as a coating for shopping receipts. Canada decided to ban this chemical in baby bottles specifically after studies indicated that neural development and behavior would be affected by increased exposure to BPA. 

"Cash register receipts are slathered in this stuff...and you absorb it through your skin," said Dr. Rick Smith, author of "Slow Death By Rubber Duck" and executive director of advocacy group Environmental Defense. "The average BPA molecule is flushed from the human body in less than six hours. If we can just get BPA out of a few key areas in our lives, levels in our bodies will come down very, very quickly."

Statistics Canada conducted a two-year survey where the level of exposure to 80 different contaminants and chemicals was measured in Canadian citizens. Results from the study showed that the urine of Canadians tested had a mean concentration of 1.16 micrograms per liter, and that teenagers had the highest concentrations of the chemical BPA. Also, children between six and 11 had higher BPA concentrations than adults who are over 40 years old. 

"The real value in this is for the very first time, (we) have baseline information against which we can study trends and track what is happening with respect to bisphenol A exposure," said Tracey Bushnik of Statistics Canada's Health Analysis Division. 

There are many organizations that warn against exposure to BPA such as the Breast Cancer Fund and the Environmental Working Group, and retailers like Walmart have already stopped selling baby bottles with BPA in the United States, Bushnik adds that BPA is commonly used in so many products that he'd be surprised if it wasn't found in such a large number of the population, and that he is still unsure whether BPA is such a problem yet. 

"Just because it's there though, doesn't mean anything more than it's there," said Bushnik. "It doesn't imply that it's risky, it doesn't imply that it's not risky."

The Statistics Canada report also shows that Canadians have a lower concentration of lead in their systems than the last time a report was released. Thirty years ago, 27 percent of Canadians had concentrations higher than 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood while today it is less than one percent.



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Ok, so what about Americans?
By just4U on 8/19/2010 9:27:20 AM , Rating: 2
As a Canadian the first thing that came to mind was is this unusual in comparision to other countries population? Interesting read. First time I've heard of BPA.




RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By gmyx on 8/19/2010 9:38:17 AM , Rating: 2
First you've heard of BPA? This has been in the news up here for a year. Canada is one of the first place to ban BPA in baby products.

Many stores took back 'BPA' baby bottles in exchange for non-'BPA' bottles. We got glass instead using this program. We had to top up since they cost more but are very happy we did.


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By B3an on 8/19/2010 11:49:02 AM , Rating: 2
Denmark and U.S states like Chicago and Minnesota have also banned BPA. In the U.K it's not banned but some places refuse to sell baby bottles with BPA in them. A lot of the makers are starting to make BPA free bottles now.


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By JonnyDough on 8/19/2010 3:35:49 PM , Rating: 3
Chicago isn't a state. LOL


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Iaiken on 8/19/2010 10:12:41 AM , Rating: 3
No other nation has conducted a study of this type (looking for 20+ different toxins) on this scale at all recently. Hell, the last Canadian study was 30 years ago. One could safely assume that American levels are the same or greater because of lifestyle. The #1 source of BPA in the adult population is reusable hard plastic water bottles and Americans. In Canada, these bottles have been eclipsed by aluminum and stainless steel drinking bottles in both availability and sales. Just go to any retail store and you'll see dozens of different brands of metal drinking bottles when 2 years ago you would have had a hard time finding one due to their expense vs plastic.

The result of the ban and the governments public information campaign has created some interesting results. Many companies have voluntarily ceased carrying dishes, food containers and drinking bottles made with plastic that was hardened with BPA. Many retailers (walmart, hbc, sears, etc) have taken these non-bpa products on and and simultaneously removed BPA hardened products from their shelves.

Another interesting thing about BPA is that the body will actually dispose of it over time and that cutting down exposure can render someone BPA free in mere months. Simply making a conscious effort to reduce exposure is usually enough, but whether this will have a direct health benefit or not, considering the low levels of exposure in adults, is debatable.


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Da W on 8/19/2010 11:26:23 AM , Rating: 2
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One could safely assume that American levels are the same or greater because of lifestyle.


Worst thing americans have in there bodies because of their lifestyles is FAT. Get rid of that first, all other molecular compounds are irrelevants for the time being.

Seriously, each time we spotted a tight-assed chick at Old Orchard Beach, we knew she was french-canadian....


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Ammohunt on 8/19/2010 2:31:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Seriously, each time we spotted a tight-assed chick at Old Orchard Beach, we knew she was french-canadian....


What makes you think she would be interested in American boys? They are just like the sickly skiny Euro-girls they don't know what a real man is becasue they left and went to America a long long time ago. Gene pool drifted the hell outta there!


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By JonnyDough on 8/19/2010 3:41:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a thirty year old 6'7" United States Airman with British genetics. Care to come and back up what you're saying? I mean, you pretty much did just call American men pusses. I'm pretty sure we have the most elite military in the world...there's this thing about America which you may not be aware of. Our gene pool is very DIVERSE, which means that for the last two hundred years we've been breeding some of the BEST men. :)


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By the3monkies on 8/20/2010 12:26:25 AM , Rating: 4
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I mean, you pretty much did just call American men pusses.


Actually, he said just the opposite. You need to work on your reading comprehension there stretch.


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Ammohunt on 8/20/2010 11:23:32 AM , Rating: 2
Those in the Air Force are over bright. ;-)


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Kutcher on 8/23/2010 1:02:51 PM , Rating: 2
LOL. Thank you for producing a perfect example of the stereotypical American man: an uneducated egotistical moron who wants to assault anyone with a different point of view. And of course, you're in the army.

Why don't you pop another ridalin and read little slower next time.


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Iaiken on 8/19/2010 3:56:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
They are just like the sickly skiny Euro-girls they don't know what a real man is becasue they left and went to America a long long time ago.


Damned straight... Jabba was a pimp yo!


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By menace on 8/19/2010 1:41:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The #1 source of BPA in the adult population is reusable hard plastic water bottles and Americans.


We got rid of the bottles, now what are we going to do about those damn americans?


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By JonnyDough on 8/19/2010 4:25:48 PM , Rating: 1
Why can't we be friends? Can't we all just get along? Can't you just love us anyway? Sorry, stuff just kept popping into my head. We Americans are great like that. You know, coming up with ideas and stuff.


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By Solandri on 8/19/2010 7:33:21 PM , Rating: 2
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In Canada, these bottles have been eclipsed by aluminum and stainless steel drinking bottles in both availability and sales. Just go to any retail store and you'll see dozens of different brands of metal drinking bottles when 2 years ago you would have had a hard time finding one due to their expense vs plastic.

Most people don't seem to know, but metal cans and bottles have a plastic liner inside them to protect against corrosion. Most of the corrosion-resistant metals like aluminum and stainless steel are only corrosion-resistant because when exposed to air, they form a thin but continuous layer of oxidation which seals the remaining metal against the air, preventing further oxidation. Aluminum in particular forms a thin layer of aluminum oxide - the same material as sapphires and rubies.

But in water, it's a different story. The resulting oxidation does not stick to the metal. It gets carried away by the water, no sealing layer is formed, and the metal continues to corrode. Consequently, all metal drink and food cans and bottles are coated with a thin layer of plastic inside not just to prevent this oxidation, but to prevent you from drinking/eating microscopic particles of aluminum oxide, ferrous oxide, and chromium oxide along with the contents of the can.

Putting your drinks in a metal bottle is not that much different from putting it in a plastic bottle. It may make you feel better, but only out of ignorance. I believe Japan is the only country which has banned BPA from the liners in metal cans/bottles.


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By chick0n on 8/19/2010 10:15:36 AM , Rating: 2
first time you heard of BPA ?

Wow, you really need to pay more attention to things around you.

People have been talking about BPA for years.

This is why I only use products the came from glass bottle and I avoid 99% of the can foods.

Didn't know cash receipts have them though, now I know how to avoid them :)


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By omnicronx on 8/19/2010 10:41:02 AM , Rating: 2
You don't watch the news ;)

This is nothing new, there was a scare like a few years ago claiming the same thing. Now the vast majority of drinking containers do not contain BPA and Canada actually flat out banned the use in Baby Bottles like 2-3 years ago. (read the bottom they are clearly marked)


RE: Ok, so what about Americans?
By just4U on 8/19/2010 11:27:59 PM , Rating: 2
I do watch the news but somehow I managed to miss hearing anything about BPA. Go figure! Anyway, thanks a bunch for all the informative posts. :)


Huh?
By Spivonious on 8/19/2010 10:06:42 AM , Rating: 1
If it gets flushed out in 6 hours, what's the problem?

The bigger problem that we need to address is our massive daily sugar intake.




RE: Huh?
By Motoman on 8/19/2010 10:11:29 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
If it gets flushed out in 6 hours, what's the problem?


...the problem is that you are constantly replenishing your "supply" as BPA is in practically everything, so it seems. Hard to get away from.


RE: Huh?
By Iaiken on 8/19/2010 10:30:22 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Hard to get away from.


It's not hard... It's not cheep either...

All it takes is a conscious effort to identify the types of plastic things are made of (almost always clearly marked as a #).

The following plastics naturally break down and leach dangerous chemicals:

#3 - PVC (polyvinyl chloride) - cooking oil bottles, food packaging, and plastic wrap; many 3s leach phthalates, which can cause reproductive abnormalities. It has been linked to cancer and other health problems.

Many countries around the world have banned this form of plastic from being used in manufacturing, or being recycled or burned in incinerators, as it leaches toxins into the air and soil.

#7 - "Other" (sometimes marked with an "O"): This type of plastic is often a form of acrylic or include acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, fiberglass, nylon, polycarbonate, and polylactic acid. It is used to make water bottles, and bottles and children's toys. Some 7s are safe, but most are polycarbonates and leach Bisphenol A (BPA) as they break down.

The following plastic is only dangerous when heated:

#6 - PS (polystyrene) - Egg cartons, meat trays, and Styrofoam; when heated, some 6s can release styrene, a suspected carcinogen.

All one needs to do is make an effort to look at the box (or the bottom of plastic containers if not boxed) to identify what type of plastic was used and to make good decisions.

When it comes down to it, the cost differential is practically negligible. The $10 price difference of getting a stainless steel drinking bottle vs plastic is basically negligible for an individual, it's not like you're buying 50,000 of them. Even non-bpa plastic drinking bottles are available (#1 - PET & #4 - LDPE) are available and inexpensive; you just have to look for them.


RE: Huh?
By gmyx on 8/19/2010 10:48:40 AM , Rating: 2
BPA is not just in plastics. It's on receipts, line cans of pop and canned foods. It's in other odd places as well.

So, now try to eliminate. It hard when it's added to every day stuff.


RE: Huh?
By Iaiken on 8/19/2010 12:03:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's on receipts


Washing your hands before eating solves this problem.

quote:
line cans of pop


Don't drink canned drinks. :P

quote:
and canned foods


Seriously, fresh produce is NOT expensive if you go to a good fruit and veggie market or god forbid you support your local farmers by hitting the farmers market. Even in winter, my produce bill is lower than my meat/seafood bill.

It's NOT hard, it just requires you to make decisions... god forbid people would have to take personal responsibility for their personal wellbeing.


RE: Huh?
By gmyx on 8/19/2010 1:09:44 PM , Rating: 2
I completely agree with you. Fresh is best. It is usually the majority of my bill.

Go to the supermarket and look at is is generally bought. Prepared, canned, boxed, bottled... anything with a wrapper is sold! The rest, no so much. This is actually a two fold problem since these create garbage.

Most people don't even know what is in they food. They just eat it.


RE: Huh?
By JediJeb on 8/19/2010 7:05:55 PM , Rating: 2
Better yet, grow a garden and can your own vegetables in glass jars. I have plenty of green beans, pickles, jalapenos and such in my cabinets. Homemade salsa, spaghetti sauce and relish are great also, and actually very simple to make.

I'm not an ecofreak or afraid of processed foods, I just enjoy the flavor of the home canned stuff much better. Also if you can't Can your food, you can Freeze it. Both work well.

As for the BPA, we test for it here in the lab, and I believe it may be on the list to add to drinking water testing soon. Phthalates are already on the list to be monitored. Also being added to the list in 2012 will be many pharmaceuticals and personal care product ingredients which can not be filtered easily out of the water coming into the drinking water system. You would be surprised at the things you can find in the lakes and rivers used to supply your drinking water. And don't thing that by buying bottled water you are better off, most of those are just refiltered tap water and some we have tested are worse than any tap water you might drink. Also those in plastic bottles usually have phthalates present in them, it is the taste you get when you drink a bottle of water when it is warm.


RE: Huh?
By gmyx on 8/19/2010 8:52:41 PM , Rating: 2
Hummmm. Garden Fresh.

As for the water comment, I'm on a deep well source - not city. The quality is above par (if you don't mind sulfur).

The problem is almost always when you start to mass produce stuff. The quality must go down.


By omnicronx on 8/19/2010 10:49:56 AM , Rating: 2
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Canada is looking to ban BPA from baby bottles, as it affects early development
Correct me if I am wrong, but I'm pretty sure its already banned and has also been declared a hazardous substance (this was at least 2 years ago).




By GreenEnvt on 8/19/2010 11:29:33 AM , Rating: 2
I believe the government talked about banning it, and most retail stores and many manufacturers decided to remove BPA products on their own.


By MrTeal on 8/19/2010 11:31:28 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, October 18 2008. Not sure where the author got this information from, we've probably gone through a half dozen major brands of bottles looking for one our son liked, and none available had BPA. Most specifically advertised being BPA-free.


By Iaiken on 8/19/2010 11:52:16 AM , Rating: 2
You are correct.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic...

HEY TIFFANY! CHECK YOUR FACTS!

BPA has been banned from baby bottles in Canada since April 2008!

In fact, they banned it before anybody else. :P


By Kosh401 on 8/19/2010 1:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, this article has things a little confused. At the time when it was officially banned from baby bottles, the government was under a lot of pressure to ban it from other significant areas of daily exposure as well. But as others mentioned, many companies went ahead voluntarily with removing BPA products from their shelves and this seemed to satisfy most of the public outcry. The irony now being that this new study shows that over 90% of us still have it in our system and that we shouldn't have stopped trying get rid of the BPA crap back in '08. Doh!


By omnicronx on 8/19/2010 1:47:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think the point was that BPA is at its worst during growth periods, i.e in children. (which is where the baby bottle ban came from)

I have yet to see any studies showing any significant negative impact in adults.

Many things out of moderation can 'kill you and cause cancer', just because 90% of us have it in our systems does not mean 90% of us are negatively impacted by it.


That explains it
By Spookster on 8/19/2010 1:17:16 PM , Rating: 2
So maybe this chemical causes Canadians to end all of their sentences with 'ay or don't ya know.




RE: That explains it
By gmyx on 8/19/2010 2:21:27 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know what you are talking about, 'ay. Don't ya know we all talk like this and call everyone hosers.

Now to go shovel snow and play hockey while drinking beer

/stereotypes

(did I miss any?)


RE: That explains it
By Spookster on 8/19/2010 7:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know what your talkin' aboot eh. But they do like their maple syrup don't ya know.


I KNEW IT!
By shin0bi272 on 8/19/2010 3:36:36 PM , Rating: 2
A couple of years ago I postulated to a friend of mine that some one would discover that plastic was causing cancer or obesity or some sort of deadly disease. Lo and behold here it is... I hate it when Im right about these things.




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