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What is BPA anyway?

BPA, or Bisphenol A, has been causing a lot of worry on the plastic bottle scene over recent years. In the mainstream there's no real cause for concern about its potential side effects, however scientists do have some cause for concern over its effects on the brain, behaviour and prostate gland in unborn babies, infants and children.

Before I go any further – THERE IS NO BPA IN OSPREY BOTTLES! This article is for those who want to be bottle savvy and know what questions to ask.

 Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.

BPA is present in certain food contact materials, because it is used in the production of polycarbonate and epoxy-phenolic resins. Polycarbonate (PC) is a plastic widely used in items such as infant feeding bottles, tableware (plates, mugs, jugs, beakers), microwave ovenware, storage containers, returnable water and milk bottles, and refillable water containers. PC is also used for water pipes. Epoxy-phenolic resins are used as an internal protective lining for food and beverage cans and as a coating on metal lids for glass jars and bottles. Epoxy-phenolic resins are also used as a surface-coating on residential drinking water storage tanks.

Scientific studies have, so far, decided that current levels of human exposure to BPA are safe.

However, results from recent studies testing more subtle effects have led to some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behaviour, and prostate gland in unborn children, infants, and young children.

Research is still continuing, but as with any medical issues potentially involving young children, it’s best to play it safe.

Click here to see the report on BPA from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Click here to see the report on BPA from the European Food Safety Authority.




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