What is BPA?

    Published: 06-16-2009
    Views: 14,824
    Michael Schade, PVC Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice explains what Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is and where it is found.

    Michael Schade: Hi, my name is Michael Schade. I am a PVC Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice. Today we are to talk about Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, what it is and where it is found.

    Host: What is BPA? Michael Schade: Bisphenol A is a synthetic sex hormone. It's used to make a prominently used called polycarbonate plastic. Polycarbonate is used to make everything from baby bottles to sippy cups to the linings of fruit cans to hard plastic, reusable water bottles to even compact discs and DVDs. It's a very, very commonly used plastic. There is no way to make polycarbonate plastic without using Bisphenol A. There has been over 150 peer-reviewed studies that have been conducted over the past 10 or 20 years that show that Bisphenol A is toxic at very low levels of exposure. It's been linked to breast and prostate cancer, reproductive health problems, developmental problems, diabetes, and obesity. Just in the past couple of months, there has been a growing, not only scientific, but governmental consensus that this chemical is harmful for our health and environment. In the United States, the US National Toxicology Program has issued a study saying that there is some concern for exposure to the Bisphenol A particularly among infants and foetuses. It said that the health impacts of this chemical cannot be ignored or discounted.