September 18, 2008

Government Offers Tips on Reducing Bpa Exposure

The Associated Press


Government officials this week gave consumers some tips on how to reduce their exposure to bisphenol A, or BPA, even as they said they believe the substance is safe.

tips for avoiding exposure to bisphenol A

The National Toxicology Program of the Department of Health and Human Services has these tips for reducing exposure to BPA:

* Don't microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers. Polycarbonate may break down from overuse at high temperatures and release BPA. (Manufacturers are not required to disclose whether an item contains BPA, but polycarbonate containers that do usually have a No. 7 on the bottom.)

* Reduce your use of canned foods, especially acidic foods such as tomatos that can accelerate leaching of BPA in the plastic can linings. Opt for soups, vegetables and other items packaged in cardboard "brick" cartons, made of safer layers of aluminum and polyethylene plastic (labeled No. 2).

* Switch to glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.

* Use baby bottles that are BPA-free; in the last year, most major manufacturers have developed plastic baby bottles made without BPA.

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