UPDATE: Since this post was written, there have been a lot of BPA-FREE products that have flooded the market. So people may think, they are safe since BPA is no longer present to be a threat. BUT, read why BPA substitutes, like BPS and BPF, are still a concern and how they are STILL endocrine disrupting chemicals here, and here. And even more scary, a study found BPA free chemicals may alter the genes in the placenta! Read about the latest study here. But if you are using the following products, the chances are, they are coated with BPA or BPA-Free endocrine disruptors in them and you are exposed to these toxic chemicals. Read until the end how even small amounts can cause problems.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter and in blogsphere, know I've been trying to get rid of a case of crushed tomatoes. We had this case since before the news broke about BPA tainted canned goods. OK, so we had them for awhile. It was actually part of our emergency stash.
But now, we can't use them because of BPA in the lining. Tomatoes in cans are especially easy for BPA to leach into foods because of its acidity. But that's not all. BPA is also in my toilet paper - that's right - in my TP!! ...because I'm trying to do the responsible thing by buying recycled toilet paper, now I have to deal with BPA on my butt. And be responsible for making BPA contaminating the waterways.
O-My-effing-G!! Yes, I did just say that...that's how MAD I am.
Why can't they eliminate BPA??? How serious does it have to be before it gets pulled off the market? Messing up our endocrine system is not enough? How about heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. I scoffed recently when FDA finally reversed its opinion and said it is now “taking reasonable steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply.” But do what you need to do to avoid BPA, they said. Yeah, leave it up to us, won't you?
So, I can't use my cans. Some suggest for me to donate them but why should I let others consume them when I won't even feed them to my dog? I'm thinking, may be, I should compost them.
But just in case you haven't heard where you are being exposed to BPA, here are some shocking places where you can be in contact with BPA...and this list doesn't even count the Nalgene and Sigg water bottles, baby formula and sippy cups...etc.
- Credit card receipts - those that are shiny on one side
- Cash register receipts
- Recycled cardboard pizza boxes and paper - from recycled carbon-less papers
- Toilet Paper
- Newspaper Inks
- Carbon-less papers and fax papers
- Dental Sealants
- Dental appliances like night guards
- Medical instruments
- Beer and wine - from vats that are lined with a BPA-containing resin
- Rubbermaid polycarbonate-lined baking tins used by Subway
- Soda cans and food cans
- Baby food jar lids and formula packaging like metal cans, glass jar lids, and paper packaging foil seals
- Canning jar lids - like Ball's
- 3 gallon and 5 gallon water bottles
- Many non-polycarbonate plastics
Proponents of BPA might say, the amount of BPA present in these items are minute. But the problem is its accumulative effect when we are in contact with all of them.
I go to a store, buy newspaper and a case of beer or soda, get the receipt from the clerk, pick up a pizza pie for dinner, and then after a nice pepperoni pizza dinner, I go to the bathroom, do my business and then, eventually go to bed with my night guard on......get the picture? How many times was I in contact with BPA just from this scenario?
This is scary.
So, what do I do with my canned crushed tomatoes?