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January 20 2015

Bring Back BPA!

Julie Gunlock

A few years ago, the BPA-free movement launched as misinformation about the chemical BPA (a chemical that has been the focus of thousands of safety studies and has been used for over 50 years) began hitting news stands. So, what replaced BPA? Another chemcial called BPS. But now, the chemphobes are complaining about this replacement chemical saying it too is dangerous.

Goodness, what are moms to do now?  They're going to have to throw out all those BPA-free sippy cups!

But is this really necessary?

According to a new study on zebrafish (yes, fish), BPS--the chemical that replaced BPA--caused alterations in brain development leading to hyperactivity in zebrafish.

So, if you recently gave birth to a zebrafish and you're letting them use BPA-free sippy cups, by all means, throw them out. Otherwise, you're probably okay.

As our friend Josh Bloom at the American Council on Science and Health says:

I’m not going to bother delving into the details of a scientific study of something that is very far from being relevant to human health. Besides, this could be good news.  I could use a few more neurons before even attempting the Saturday Times crossword puzzle.

If you'd like a more detail on why BPA is perfectly safe, check out this new Policy Focus by IWF Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini. She tackles the claim that BPA is a dangerous endocrine disruptor (tip: It’s not!) as well as provides valuable information on other chemicals that make food and everyday products safer and cheaper for consumers.

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