The Food and Drug Administration will ban the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby formula packaging, though it won't ban its use for other purposes at this time.
Studies have linked BPA exposure to a wide range of health problems, including reproductive problems, developmental problems and cancer, due to the chemical's similarity to estrogen. So-called endocrine disruptors like BPA are thought to have an outsized effect on the body, even in low concentrations, due to their similarity to human hormones.
The rule makes little practical difference to consumers, since manufacturers and retailers had already moved, under pressure from consumers, to remove BPA from most baby and children's products. Advocates continue to push for wider and more groundbreaking bans.
This is another milestone in the people-powered movement to get BPA out of our food. Consumers demanded BPA-free baby formula, and manufacturers finally did the right thing, said Janet Nudelman, director of program and policy at the Breast Cancer Fund. The writing is on the wall for canned food makers. If the entire infant-formula industry was able to go BPA-free, there is no earthly reason why canned food manufacturers cant follow suit.
Many health experts recommend breast feeding over use of formula, and there are also DIY organic baby food options for parents wishing to avoid off-the-shelf formulats and baby foods.
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