Friday, January 22, 2010

The BPA Beat

I've gotten a few questions lately on the safety of BPAs, especially since the FDA decided this week that these chemicals found in certain plastics may not be as safe as once thought. There's no need to panic-- our food supply still remains safe. However, I put together the following cooking and shopping suggestions, based on the FDA's new information.

1. Infant are more at risk than the rest of us for BPA contamination. Discard scratched or worn baby bottles and cups and do not microwave baby bottles or cups. Parents, rest assured that 90% of bottle manufactures in the US are BPA free.

2. Turn your plastic containers upside down, where you will see a recyling code. Plastics marked 1,2,4,5 and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA, but plastics coded as 3 or 7 may contain BPA.

3. Don't put hot or boiling liquid in plastic containers. Don't microwave your food in them either. Discard any scratched or worn containers. (Yes, that means parting with the avocado green Tupperware from 1972 that has tomato stains all over it anyways...)

4. Limit your intake of canned foods, as some packaged products are lined with plastic. Choose fresh or frozen products instead. If your child is on formula, consider using powdered versions instead of canned.

For more info, visit http://www.hhs.gov/safety/bpa/