Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dangers of Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound used in making epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics. It is used in many food and drink packaging applications. Its dangers to man had been discovered in 1933.

Because of its known harmful effects especially to children, Democratic Senators Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills and Carol Liu of Pasadena authored Senate Bill 797 banning the use of BPA. The bill passed the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality with the votes 21-16.

Although the Food and Drug Administration has found traces of BPA on baby containers less dangerous, its effect on infants is unimaginable. A study on animal revealed that BPA intake and/or exposure interferes with infant hormone levels.

Infants and toddlers are the most susceptible to this kind of harmful substance. Their tender age make them defenseless to fight for their rights and protect their safety and security. It is up to their parents or authorities, in general, to protect their well-being and safeguard their rights.

The passage of the bill is one step closer to making all baby containers BPA free.

If anyone has been harmed by using BPA food or drink containers, a product liability lawyer can facilitate your claim against the manufacturer or person liable.