“BPA Free” Doesn’t Mean Your Bottle is Safe

BPA Free no longer equates to safe. New studies raise concerns about BPA/BPS. (Alicia Voorhies/Flickr)
BPA Free no longer equates to safe. New studies raise concerns about BPA/BPS. (Alicia Voorhies/Flickr)

Since the FDA’s 2012 ban on the sale of baby bottles containing the toxic hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA), store shelves have been lined with BPA Free bottles for children and adults alike. But little did we know that plastic bottle manufacturers simply switched to an equally toxic alternativeBPA’s chemical cousinbisphenol S (BPS).

Results of a recent study presented at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society found that BPS is just as potent as BPA in altering brain development and causing hyperactive behavior. According to the study’s senior investigator, Deborah Kurrasch, PhD:

BPS, termed the safe alternative to BPA, may be equally as harmful to developing brains. […] Society must place increased pressure on decision makers to remove all bisphenol compounds from manufacturing processes.

Hong-Sheng Wang, PhD, from the University of Cincinnati reported that BPS exposure in rats rapidly increased the heart rate of females and led to arrhythmias (heart rhythm abnormalities).

“Our findings call into question the safety of BPA-free products containing BPS,” he said. “BPS and other BPA analogs need to be evaluated before further use by humans.”

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