Are Baby Bottle Replacements Safe?

Bisphenol A, known as BPA, is produced in massive quantities around the world for use in consumer products, including household plastics. In response to public concerns, many manufacturers have replaced BPA with a chemical called bisphenol S (BPS), which is often labeled as “BPA-free” and presumed to be safer. Fetal exposure to Bisphenol A, as well as to the widely marketed alternative Bisphenol S, may cause ‘real and measurable’ changes in the development of a brain region that plays a key role in fear, impulse-control, obesity and early puberty. 

A chemical thought to be a safe replacement for one banned for use in baby bottles also causes developmental issues in fish embryos, according to a study released on Monday.

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Purchase a plastic water bottle, and there’s a good chance that it will feature a “BPA-free” label. You might be seeing it more often because the industrial chemical Bisphenol-A has now been removed from a wide array of products. But, are products that are “BPA-free” actually less risky? And do these labels actually effect consumer behavior?

Yet, what many consumers may not realize is that, in most cases, if you take out BPA, you have to replace it with something else, which might be not safer.

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Pregnant women are being warned to avoid reaching for credit card and cash register receipts as the ubiquitous bits of paper are increasingly seen as a threat to unborn children.

The receipts can contain the toxin bisphenol A and its chemical cousin, bisphenol S, chemicals that a new study shows can alter brain development and behaviour in animals exposed to extremely low doses.

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Women who are expecting a child now have a new worry if they want their baby to be delivered healthy. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Calgary has discovered that exposure to credit card and cash register receipts may endanger unborn children.
Lead researcher Deborah Kurrasch and other scientists involved in the study done on zebrafish are so concerned by their findings that they are recommending the removal of bisphenol from all merchandise that comes into contact with humans.

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Canadian researchers have found in animal studies that low-level exposure to either Bisphenol A (BPA) or Bisphenol S (BPS) during the equivalent to a human fetus’ second trimester altered the timetable and rate at which neurons inside the brain’s hypothalamus developed. Such perturbations, they warned, can lead the developing brain to wire itself incorrectly, with potentially subtle but wide-ranging downstream behavioral results.

The findings could shed light on the physiological mechanisms that link the growing use of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as BPA, in consumer products to increases in such childhood disorders as clinical anxiety and hyperactivity.

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