08 September 2010

BPA: lurking danger in our food supply?

Because of the serious health effects linked to bisphenol A, a widely used industrial chemical, this is a subject the South African public needs to know about.

As a member of Association for Dietetics in SA (ADSA), I have just received the 'Fact Sheet on Bisphenol A', compiled by Dr Carl Albrecht, Head of Research at CANSA, which was issued in August 2010. The Fact Sheet makes scary reading indeed. Because of the seriousness of the negative health effects linked to bisphenol A, an industrial chemical widely used in a multiplicity of global applications, this is a subject the public in South Africa need to know about.

BPA in the food chain

  • Avoid heating up polycarbonate baby bottles in the microwave or by boiling. Rather sterilise the bottles with Milton or a similar sterilising liquid.
  • Do not heat food in polycarbonate plastic containers in the microwave.
  • Avoid buying plastic containers that are marked with a number 7 inside a triangle and the letter PC, which indicates polycarbonate.


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