What is BPA?
BPA is short for Bisphenol A. It is a substance used in the manufacture of plastic bottles and the lining of cans containing food. It can also be found in numerous items around the house such as cooking utencils, amoungst other things.
BPA Health Risks:
BPA has been implicated in a number of serious health issues including cancer, thyroid problems, brain development in infants, obesity and a number of hormonal issues. In 2008 the Canadian Government banned the use of BPA in baby bottles. The overall research is inconclusive, but why use it when there are healthier alternatives.
Identifying BPA in Plastics:
In general, plastics that are marker with recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA.
Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA.