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Healthy Homes - Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A, often referred to as BPA, is a chemical used in the manufacture of polycarbonate and other plastics. These plastics are commonly used for food containers including baby bottles, reusable water bottles and aluminum can liners. BPA is known to leach into food and beverages stored in these containers and there is uncertainty about what health effects this exposure could result in.

In 2008, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that products containing BPA were safe to use. However, recent studies have lead the conclusion that there is some concern about the effects of BPA on infants and children. The National Toxicology Program conducted a study that and expressed some concern, the mid-point on their scale of concern, for potential effects on fetuses, children and pregnant women.

The information relating to BPA and potential health effects is incomplete at best, with further study needed to determine the types of health effects and severity that may result from exposure. The Office of Healthy Environments suggests becoming an educated consumer, researching products that you and your family use and making informed decisions.

As the public has grown aware of the potential risks associated with BPA and the use of products which contain BPA many manufacturers have removed the chemical from their products. And many states, including a proposed rule in Delaware, and nations have moved to limit or eliminate the PBA in products on our shelves. Because of the rise in consumer concern and awareness, many products which commonly contained BPA, including baby bottles, water bottles and other items, can be easily found with labels that indicate the items do not contain BPA.

To limit your exposure to BPA, the Healthy Home Program Recommends:

  • Select BPA-Free products when possible
  • Do not use polycarbonate plastic in the microwave or wash in the dishwasher as these activities can increase the amount of BPA transferred to the food in the containers
  • Research the products you and your family use and know what's in them
  • Contact the Healthy Homes Program for more information

Additional Resources



What is BPA? - Mayo Clinic

Bisphenol A Information For Parents

National Toxicology Program Report

FDA Information - Bisphenol A

BPA Info Sheet
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