Monday, March 28, 2011

"BPA-free" Label Not to Be Trusted

Many mothers, including myself, have been relying to an extent on the validity of the "BPA-free" label on plastics we purchase. I have always thought that somehow it doesn't add up, that removing just one toxic chemical from plastic can't make it safer. Now a new study confirms my hunch, but not in a way I expected. Apparently the so called "BPA-free" claim is something to steer clear of.

According to a new study, the endocrine disrupting chemical leaches sometimes even more in "BPA-free" products:
"Almost all commercially available plastic products we sampled, independent of the type of resin, product, or retail source, leached chemicals having reliably-detectable EA, including those advertised as BPA-free. In some cases, BPA-free products released chemicals having more EA than BPA-containing products."
That was certainly news to me as I was always opting for the BPA-free alternative if something I'm looking for wasn't available in stainless steel or other safe material. One more reason to avoid plastic altogether! Glad we don't use plastic on a daily basis.


  1. Oh great. *sigh* We use stainless for my daughter's drink cup at school & thermos jar, plus lunchskins bags.

    But my son's cups, plates etc. are "BPA free" plastic. :-(

  2. I'm not surprised by this....plastic is scary!

  3. Thank you for this post. I can't say I'm surprised by these findings but it's good to see it in black and white (so I can direct my skeptical family and friends to it).

    I, too, avoid eating off plastic for the same reasons - glass and stainless steel are safe - there's no wondering about it. Plastic just seems like a big question mark. Not worth the potential risks if you ask me.


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