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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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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.


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