Huge news this week on the BPA front: the government of Canada formally declared bisphenol A, aka BPA, toxic, adding the chemical to a list of substances deemed potentially harmful to health or the environment.
BPA is a chemical compound commonly used to create clear, hard plastics. It is also found in food can liners, dental sealants, and even in the air we breathe. It has come under fire over the last few years after studies have shown that the chemical disrupts the hormone systems of animals and is likely to do the same in humans.
The new toxic listing for BPA in Canada means that the country can now stringently regulate the use of the chemical, limiting how much BPA can be released into air or water and possibly even issuing outright bans on its use in food containers.
News of the toxic designation was released without much fanfare in an official notice published online by the government. In the United States, about half a dozen states have banned BPA in children’s products. But the federal government has been slow to take action, claiming there is insufficient proof that BPA can cause harm in humans.
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