Okay, war sound harsh but it’s a battle of sorts. Is BPA safe or isn’t it? Is it a myth that BPA is harmful and the media is fooling us because we don’t have the facts?  Well, according to Mom Style News or Mom Myth Busters (same author), yes.

Is BPA Safe?

Here is it is folks, BPA might not kill you if your child drinks out of a sippy cup or has some canned food lined with BPA. Sure, I conceded to this. BPA is a chemical and the FDA and EPA has limits of safety so companies use this and then hide behind it, because they can. Companies that have gone with BPA free products have done so because of consumer demands.

Why are consumers demanding this? Because there are risks. Who’s most at risk? The fetus, infants and children are most at risk. Even the reports sited by Mom Style News don’t discount that, she just says they are minimal. Well, my son has a minimal risk of getting hit on our road when he crosses it because of the traffic statistics or what I observe. So I should let him just take that “minimal” risk. It’s just a possibility and not a fact! That’s how ridiculous this debate is!

Here are the facts that have led ME to know that choosing BPA FREE is the right thing to do and since Mom Style News is all about the facts and going by what the facts are and not just reading mommy blogs (which I love, support, read and rely on) here it is…

BPA Facts

FACT: The government sources are basing their decisions and statements on assessments with hundreds of flaws and errors. The FDA has based it’s decision on two studies, funded by the plastics industry.

FACT: BPA can leach out of bottle, sippys or any plastic just from a hot soapy wash in a sink or dishwasher. The scratches expose the chemical. Source:  LA Times. Mom Style News states:

“As for your baby. As long as you are not feeding your baby boiling liquids your little baby buggy bumper will be just fine, even if she drinks from a BPA bottle.”

This is not a fact and is not true at all.

FACT: Doctors and Scientists with no ties to the government or chemical industries are pointing out the scientific facts of there being risks and the dangers.

“These hormones control the development of the brain, the reproductive system and many other systems in the developing fetus,” says Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., a developmental biologist at the University of Missouri. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can duplicate, block or exaggerate hormonal responses. “The most harm is to the unborn or newborn child,” vom Saal says. Source: Green Guide

FACT: The National Toxicology Program is planning a future evaluation of BPA but thus far has concluded  there are risks. There are enough harmful “possibilities” to warrant further studies.  Source:  Transcript from NTP Meeting dated June 11-12, 2008

FACT: The FDA is not yet completed it’s review of BPA and is only currently saying it is safe but admits to having more studies to review. The FDA still admits repeatedly that there is minimal concern, there are possibilities and limited evidence showing BPA is NOT safe. The FDA concedes that more studies are needed to conclude the health implications. Source:  U.S. Department of Health and Human services

FACT: Canada has banned BPA to help keep because they don’t want the potential risk of harming their citizens. Canada has a different approach to chemicals with a chemical eco-action approach.

FACT: The United States, in the past, has used other toxic substances, such as lead, for manufacturing purposes, despite leads toxic history.

FACT: Money is the bottom line. Industry funded studies sway reports and are at the steering wheel of government assessments.

EWG finds in the report many examples of arbitrary and inconsistent application of scientific criteria to BPA studies in the report. In comments, EWG notes that the expert panel found 70% of industry-funded and only 30% of non-industry funded studies to be adequate for purposes of assessing BPA toxicity; the panel rejects independent studies at 3 times the rate of industry funded studies.

FACT: Work Group for Safe Markets is calling for an immediate phase out of BPA because of independent studies supporting the leaching of BPA from baby bottle. Source:  Consumers Report

FACT:  http://www.bpafacts.org/and http://www.factsonplastic.com is funded and supported by the Chemisty Council.

FACT: http://www.coalitionforconsumerchoice.org is supported by those in the industry using BPA in their products (American Chemistry Council, Am. Electronics Ass’n, Toy Industry Ass’n, Playtex (polycarbonate bottle), Munchkin, Evenflo)

FACT:  Plastic makes up 12% of our trash so cutting back on using the plastic WILL help the environment.  Source: Time Magazine

Things To Think About

It’s important to understand the time line of BPA and how this chemical has evolved, how it’s used in packaging, how it comes in contact with our food and why it’s imperative it be phased out. Think about these points…

Think: Why would the plastic industry confess and say they wanted to stop using BPA? Why would they volunteer to stop using BPA? Why are they funding campaigns to keep BPA in the industry? It has to do with money not our safety.

Think: How much money it would cost the FDA, companies or any source sited by Mom Style News to admit that BPA is bad. Look at the law suits companies like Gerber are facing because of this now.

Think: If there are alternatives, non-toxic and safe sources of giving our children food or bottles, why shouldn’t we advocate and demand these?

Think: What is wrong with glass bottles or storage container?

Think: Is it just one chemical like BPA or a compilation of chemicals and toxins? Do we need to rid as many toxins and chemicals as possible from our environment to keep Mother Earth and us healthy? Just because plastics were invented and are convenient doesn’t make them good for us, like the industry wants us to believe.

My final thought: Is it worth waiting until the FDA, EPA and any other governmental regulation says that BPA is dangerous and hazardous? If reports and studies that aren’t biased and are not influenced by money are telling us there is a potential or minimal risk, why put our children at risk when there are alternatives?

So use what you want. Do what you feel is right for your family and yes, make an informed decision. I will choose to use glass containers, glass bottles, BPA FREE plastic and advocate and support for a ban of all BPA.

For some excellent resources and a project that I’m currently supporting and working on please visit, BPA Project. Please visit my review of BPA Free Sippy Cups for safer alterntives and tips for avoiding BPA, written by a medical professional.

BPA & Gerber

My daughter and son were both Gerber babies. They ate the baby food, drank the juice, had the cups, and tried all the toddler foods when they came out. Gerber’s a Michigan company and I’m from Michigan, so I felt a little bit of loyalty. When the Gerber organics came out, I was over the moon. I made some of my own baby food and when we had something I could just mash up, that’s what my children ate. I just wasn’t the make and freeze mom.

Now there’s the BPA issue and most of what I used from Gerber was in plastic. Just wonderful, another reason why making your own food probably is the best. So I called the company and wanted to hear what they had to say about BPA and their food in the plastic. The lady on the phone was just darling but uninformed and tried to explain which plastic was safe and which wasn’t and what the FDA says is safe and how Gerber’s priority is safety. A scripted answer and when I pushed for more details on exactly what number plastic was the baby food containers and the juice in, she said she couldn’t find the documents. Hmmmm? I was then asked for my address and she politely said she’d send me coupons. Thanks.

A letter arrived in the mail, nearly two weeks later but the coupons came in two days. A nice letter explained how I can be assured that all Gerber products are safe and meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements for safety. They explain that the FDA sets regulations for food and plastic interaction and they are well within the federal limits. The Gerber® Graduates® plastic food containers are not made from polycarbonate. Gerber chose the multi-layer #7 plastic to keep food fresh and safe, that’s their reasoning.Their final statement to me was this, “Gerber believes that when used as intended by FDA, these products are safe.”

I drove to the store and looked at all the Gerber plastic and all of the juice containers say #7 and all of the plastic baby food containers are #7. If the plastic is multi-layered then why have a #7 on them?  What is the point of parents using BPA free bottles, sippys, teethers and toys when the food they are giving their children is packaged in BPA plastic? I’ve written enough posts on BPAstarted a project to help daycare convert to BPA Free products but the big wigs are hiding behind an approved limit. Gerber has been in business for 80 years and they clearly state they have helped family raise happy, healthy babies. Moms decided for yourself if you feel that Gerber is a company you can trust. I, however, believe that Gerber is hiding behind the FDA and needs to make a change, fast! It isn’t enough to just offer me a handful of coupons and discounts to forget about the BPA!

 If you feel the same as I do, call or write the company and tell them your feelings (1-800-4-Gerber). We have to start demanding that large companies make these changes and stop accepting what the FDA deems as safe limits. Enough is enough! Safe Mama has also composed a great post that might be worth reading. Safe Mamamentions Gerber claiming all of their products were BPA Free but in my formal letter, there is no statement such as this. I guess we were on the same wave length! Moms Rising started a petition for you to sign that lets the CEO’s know, we want change. For now, maybe begin making your own baby food, choose foods in glass jars rather than plastic (be sure to recycle them) and maybe consider buying from a company that makes organic baby food in safe containers.

A few I know of:

Home Made Baby: They have a nice store locater and I don’t have a store near me that sells this brand but I gave them my information and they do the requesting at the store on my behalf. Nifty!

Happy Baby™ : Frozen, organic baby food in safe containers. You can get these at Amazon now!

I’m researching a few more but waiting to hear back on what type of containers they use. Hopefully I know more soon and be able to report back with more choices and variety. If you have a great home made baby food recipe, join the G&CM group and share!

28 COMMENTS

  1. Great article. People need to understand that while it may not kill you today, why use it at all in products where there are alternatives? If I can avoid a toxic chemical in my plastic, I will surely try to do so. Thanks for writing this!

  2. Summer, I find it very odd that you choose to try to discredit Momstyle News as if it is a scientific information source. Momstyle News is not a scientific agency. I’m a mommy blogger, a journalist. Some other references that you cite are also not scientific sources: L.A. Times, Consumers Report, or Time Magazine. None of these organizations have expertise in the area of chemistry, neither do you or I. However, the national government health organizations that both of us cite as sources are experts at both performing scientific studies and understanding the data. I recommend that all moms click directly to the primary sources, that both Summer and I reference, and then leave us two mommy bloggers behind. Read the source material for yourself and make your own decision. I