Sacramento Update

BPA-free water bottles – another chemical industry scam

California banned the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups in 2013 after scientists discovered it could potentially disrupt human hormones. Researchers also found that trace amounts of the compound, which was also found in some plastic water bottles, could dissolve into our food and drink.

Besides its possible hormonal effects, scientists also linked BPA to endocrine diseases and an increased incidence of endocrine-related cancers.

Consumer outrage and state legislation spurred the plastic industry to begin manufacturing so-called “BPA-free” water bottles made with an alternative compound called flueorene-9-bisphenol (BHPF).

It’s just as bad.

Scientists have demonstrated that BHPF bonded to the oestrogen receptors in mice, mirroring the effects of BPA. The team of researchers, led by Jianying Hu, fear the compound could cause fertility issues in humans as well.

This is just another chemical industry scam.

What will it take to get legislators to stop this once and for all?

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

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