What is BPA? BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastic and resins since the 1960s. The National Toxicology Program released a report about the potential health risks from a chemical in the polycarbonate known as bisphenol A, or BPA — an additive that makes the plastic more shatter-proof. BPA acts as a faux-estrogen and has been linked to a long list of maladies, including asthma, cancer, infertility, low sperm count, heart disease, liver problems and ADHD. And, in some cases, the effects appear to have been passed down, meaning the chemical reprograms an individual’s genes and causes disease in future generations.
BPA acts in the body like estrogen and should be kept away from pregnant woman and children in critical stages of development, according to researchers who have linked it to cancer, infertility, brain, Nervous system and cardiovascular abnormalities, diabetes, obesity and other serious disorders. BPA contamination is widespread in processed foods and drinks because the chemical key component of the epoxy used as anti-corrosive coating inside most of the 126 billion food cans manufactured in the US each year. According the Mayo Clinic some study has shown that BPA can seep in to food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. However the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods. This assessment is based on hundreds of studies. In 2010 the FDA said “it had some concern” about the potential effects of BPA on the brain behavior and prostate glands in fetuses, infants and young children. It encouraged the food industry to voluntarily replace the BPA-based plastic in baby bottles and explore alternatives. And although the FDA had ‘some concerns” in 2012 they still denied a petition of the Natural Resource Defense Council to ban BPA in all food and beverage packaging!!! Thirteen states have banned BPA in reusable food containers or children’s cup’s and baby bottles so far. In 2015 California Office of Health Hazard Assessment declared BPA a female, reproductive toxicant adding it to what is known as Proposition 65 list after the law requiring warning labels on products with listed chemicals. Sadly the FDA does not support this statement. In 2016 as the deadline neared for posting warnings, the food industry and retailers lobbied against the regulation for more time to comply. So far as of December 30st, 2016 beer drinkers in California have a “clear and responsible” warning that Bisphenol-A (BPA) may be present in cans (bodies or lids) or bottle crowns. Cheers or not! As of February 2018 the FDA still reaffirms that BPA in low levels is not dangerous to health https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm064437.htm
Personally I believe one needs to educate himself on the dangers of the chemical and then make up his or her mind to use it or avoid the chemical dangers connected with foods packaging. Therefore we need to be aware in which packaging BPA is. EWG (Environmental Working Group) has created its first easily searchable database of approximately 16,000 processed food and drink items packaged in materials that may contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) using information from the very companies that manufacture and sell these products. To find info about your foods packaging click on the link https://www.ewg.org/foodscores#.Wq2YslKWzcc
To find foods in BPA FREE cans: https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/7-companies-you-can-trust-to-use-bpa-free-cans.html
To read Mayo clinic article: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/bpa/faq-20058331