kuh-doos to Chicago

In a very Ramona from Real Housewives of New York City way, I would like to offer “kuh-doos” this morning to the City Council of Chicago, who yesterday unanimously enacted a citywide ban on bottles and sippy cups containing bisphenol A.

They took this action to protect their fair city’s children, because the FDA still hasn’t taken action on what Chicago officials consider a “grave public health issue.” And it’s not like the FDA disagrees. Bisphenol A is bad, their own studies have found that to be the case. But “at levels found in products on the American market,” they concluded, “it appears to be safe.”

So let’s get this straight. There is a cancer-causing, puberty-rushing, heart disease and diabetes-giving chemical present in what our children drink from every day. And it is exceedingly easy to make bottles and sippy cups that do *not* contain said toxin. However, just a LITTLE BIT of bisphenol A every time they take a sip is PROBABLY not THAT bad.

Who is the FDA protecting here? Because it’s not our kids.

Some might think I’m just the kind of person who would pooh-pooh concerns like bisphenol A. And I was, until study after study indicated that it was, indeed, very dangerous. The good news is, you can get it out of your house in 5 minutes.

Here’s what Dr. Ari Brown, author of “Baby 411,” had to say in today’s NYT article:

I have families wondering if they should throw out their old bottles and buy the new BPA-free brands, and I tell them, ‘Yes, that would be a good idea.’

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

themrs May 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm

how do we know if our cups have that?


LNeumann May 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Any plastic bottle that is a hard (like glass) clear or colored plastic. In some cases the bottom says it’s number 7 plastic, or polycarbonate.

If in doubt, get rid of it and buy a new one labelled BPA-free.

Note that BPA is also in the lining of some canned foods. Some manufacturers are switching – we buy Eden Organic beans for this reason.



kristirufener May 14, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Any chance you could get BPA in a pill form, and send it to the FDA and say, “If it’s so safe, why don’t you just take this?”.

Erin Brockovich style…


Amy May 16, 2009 at 10:34 am

love that idea Kristi. Thanks for stepping in with that info, LNeumann, I really should have published resources myself…


Anonymous May 19, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Here in Canada we banned all BPA baby bottles last year. That tells me that there really is a problem with it!


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