Common chemical BPA under scrutiny as study links it to diabetes, cardiovascular disease
Industry representatives and health advocates gave federal officials vastly different assessments Tuesday of the effects of exposure to a chemical so prevalent that it can be found in the system of almost every American.
Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is used extensively in the linings of food and drink containers, plus countless consumer products, including baby bottles and sippy cups. The chemical also has been found in drinking water, dental sealants and even household dust.
Our Take: Like a seesaw, BPA is declared safe one month and unsafe the next -- we’ve got to wonder whether our government agencies are giving us the straight story. While there might be confusion on their part, as consumers, our advice is to err on the side of caution -- just avoid the stuff.