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What is BPA and how dangerous is it?

Recent studies have added to overwhelming scientific evidence that Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a harmful chemical that should not be allowed to contaminate food.

 

BPA (Bisphenol A) is found in polycarbonate plastics - used to make all sorts of household articles, including baby bottles and this is where it is most dangerous, because BPA molecules migrate into milk in the bottle, especially when it is heated or microwaved. Read more about CANSA research on BPA.

When babies drink the milk, BPA molecules are absorbed into their bodies. The problem is that BPA acts as an artificial hormone and can disrupt the baby's hormonal development, leading to serious health problems later in life. These include hormonal disorders, premature puberty, childhood obesity, erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer and breast cancer.

Unfortunately BPA containing baby bottles are still available in most stores, although they have been banned in Canada, Denmark, France, China and Malaysia. Thankfully, South African companies are stepping up to take responsibility and are committing to manufacturing BPA-free baby bottles.

Avoid any bottle that is not completely BPA free. If you are not sure, don't take chances. Get your baby a new one with the CANSA Smart Choice Seal. NUK produces a range of BPA-FREE bottles, the first brand to exhibit the CANSA Smart Choice Seal.

How can you support the BPA-Free Baby Bottles Campaign?