Current studies show that there may be harmful long term effects on children and adults from BPA exposure. The extent of these effects are not definitive. Infants and young children may be more vulnerable to BPA exposure due to their development stages. Therefore, the FDA supports reasonable steps to reduce exposure of infants to BPA in the food supply.
The FDA supports the industry’s actions to stop producing BPA-containing bottles and infant feeding cups for the U.S. market. The FDA is facilitating the development of alternatives to BPA for the linings of infant formula cans. The FDA supports efforts to develop alternatives for other can lining applications similar to those which are already being tested for liquid infant formula packaging.
What can you do to minimize BPA exposure? For infants, minimize BPA exposure by breastfeeding infants or using only BPA free infant bottles. For everyone, minimize BPA exposure by buying fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. If not available, buy frozen bags of fruits and vegetables. Minimize purchase of canned foods. Use stainless steel water bottles for drinks or BPA free plastic bottles. When storing food at home, use glass storage containers instead of plastic storage containers. Ways you can help enforce changes: The FDA is awaiting additional public feedback and results from additional studies, therefore, learn how to voice your concerns to the FDA by visiting the website at www.fda.gov.
Contact your local Congressional representative and support healthier school food choices for your children. Studies have shown that children eat the majority of their meals at school and afterschool programs. Therefore, it’s important to advocate and support the incorporate of more fresh fruits and vegetables in school menu options.