BPA

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical produced in large quantities. They have many applications, including food and drink packaging and metal coatings, for example in cans, tableware, and water bottles. BPA can leach from its packaging into the food or beverage, contaminating the consumer. The primary concern with BPA is its pervasiveness – a survey based in the US by the National Institute for Environmental Health Services found detectable levels of BPA in 93% of people six years and older. Studies employing standardized toxicity tests globally indicate that the levels of BPA in humans and the environment are below levels of potential concern for adverse effects. However, there have been concerns about its potential impact on children’s health and the environment: A study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) show that small amounts of BPA could tamper with the human body. BPA has been shown to play a role in the development of several endocrine disorders, including infertility, and has a tendency to bioaccumulate.