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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
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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. :)


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