BPA May Not Be the Only Chemical We Should Worry About Photo: Andrew McCaul / The Bump
New moms stocking up on baby gear have BPA (bisphenol A) on the brain (just about everything that’s BPA-free says it on the package, right?). We know that BPA is a nasty chemical in some plastics that can mess with baby’s health. But, according to a NYTimes.com blog, it may not be the only plastic ingredient we should be worrying about. According to guest blogger Dominique Browning, who blogs at Moms Clean Air Force (a website devoted to environmental advocacy) and is the author of Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas and Found Happiness, the whole “bisphenol family,” which includes bisphenol S, bisphenol AF and bisphenol B, may pose health risks too. Scary!
The problem, says Browning, is that chemicals like these need to be scientifically proven to be risky before they’re regulated and/or banned, and that can take years after they’re introduced to the market. She’s advocating changing the Toxic Substances Control Act -- which was put in place so the Environmental Protection Agency can keep tabs on chemicals and create restrictions and regulations on harmful ones -- so that companies need to prove safety before selling a product.
Do you think there should be tighter regulations on chemicals in baby products?
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