BPA is also found in cigarettes, secondhand smoke, soda cans, cash register receipts, and canned vegetables manufactured using phthalate chemicals.
Phthalates used in household products like vinyl floors and soaps have been previously linked to changes in development of the male brain, genital defects, metabolic abnormalities and reduced testosterone - the male sex hormone in babies and adults.BPA has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.
Bisphenol-A is widely used to harden plastics. It has been linked to dangerous disruptions of organisms' hormones, especially in infants. France is taking bold action, banning the chemical in food packaging by 2014.
Some 3.8 million tons of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) are manufactured each year worldwide, making it one of the most-produced chemicals on the market.
BPA is everywhere. It's used to make the inner lining of tin and soda cans, plastic bottles and packaging materials, contact lenses, consumer electronics, toys, sporting items, flooring, receipts and DVDs.Meanwhile, consumers can reduce their exposure to BPA by avoiding foods that come in plastic packaging, and by choosing groceries in glass jars and bottles, instead of tin cans.
And we have to take our concerns directly to manufacturers to let them know what we want. For example, we’re collecting signatures on a petition to tell Campbell’s soup that BPA in their cans is not “M’m, Mm Good.”