Multnomah County bans bisphenol A
Due to health concerns, the Board of County Commissioners has approved a countywide ban on reusable beverage containers made with bisphenol A (BPA). The chemical is found in plastic baby bottles, sippy cups, sports bottles and reusable food containers.
The ban prohibits the sale of reusable plastic drink containers made with BPA, and takes effect immediately starting October 27.
The Health Department is developing the final rules and enforcement process. This work should be completed by summer 2012.
Why ban BPA?
Studies have shown that low-level exposure to BPA is linked to health conditions such as diabetes, reproductive problems and liver abnormalities. Children are especially at risk because of their size and because they are still developing.
Reducing Exposure to BPA
You can reduce exposure to BPA by using bottles and food containers that are not made with BPA. Alternatives include containers made of stainless steel, glass, or BPA-free plastics.
To further reduce your exposure:
- Avoid heating foods or beverages in containers made with BPA.
- Avoid placing hot foods or liquids into containers made with BPA.
Reducing Your Baby’s Exposure to BPA
Breastfeeding your infant gives them health benefits that last a lifetime. Exposure to BPA through breastmilk is thought to be minimal compared to infant formula from BPA-lined cans or polycarbonate baby bottles.
Women can reduce their baby’s exposure to BPA from breastmilk by limiting their use of polycarbonate plastic containers and consumption of canned food.