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Why has the FDA not banned BPA?

Because it is a lucrative industry. Plain and simple as this article portrays and I agree with. Canada has labeled BPA as toxic and banned it from baby bottles early this year. SO far no other country has follow suit. Why?

This excerpt sheds some light:
According to Dr. Wade Welshons, a professor in the endocrine disruptors group at the University of Missouri, the lack of regulation in other countries is a result of industry’s efforts to keep the ten-billion-dollar per year industry going.

“BPA [constitutes] such a large and lucrative market that it just carries itself along. In 1999, the chemical industry hired a tobacco industry lobbyist – the Wienberg group – to protect the product. They did a very thorough job of creating doubt that second-hand smoke was dangerous, and the same kind of techniques are just being applied more broadly to BPA,” Welshons said.

Of course the industry folks claim the paper released in September 2008 showing BPA may cause diabetes, liver and heart disease cannot prove BPA causes these diseases, just that there is a correlation. Honestly, a correlation is enough for me to want to stay away.

Animals must be used in such studies because it would be illegal to inject a human with BPA. And most adults have higher levels of BPA in their bodies than the levels used in these animals studies. And while scientists would like to do a study on humans, it would require years of research to follow humans around who have regular exposure to BPA and track the effects on their health. So until then, we need to continue to be exposed to this very likely toxic chemical.

Excerpt:
But while scientists spend years building an unassailable fortress of evidence that BPA causes disease, the chemical continues to tamper with fetal development and potentially harm adult health. ….. According to Maricel Maffini, a professor at Tufts University, regulatory agencies shouldn’t wait on studies that may take many years.

“Because these studies are so long- term, research on laboratory animals needs to be taken more seriously. In any science you do, animals are considered a gold standard – except in the field of endocrine disruptors like BPA,” Maffini said.

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Fit & Fresh introduces LivPure filtered water bottle, BPA Free

What a cool idea. This little portable water filter allows you to fill up a reusable water bottle with tap water anywhere and the water is filtered as you drink. The filter removes up to 50% of chlorine and inhibits bacteria, mold and mildew growth. Also, by using this reusable bottle, you are reducing the amount of plastic water bottles that would otherwise end up in a landfill, plus you’ll save money from not buying bottled water.

The LivPure Filtered Water Bottle is made of low density polyethylene so is safe and is BPA-free. It holds 20 oz of water and the filter lasts to 75 gallons. The bottle is easy to clean, just remove the filter and pop in the dishwasher. Rinse the filter in water. Pretty easy.

This water bottle would be ideal for traveling, the gym, office, construction or other outdoor work, running errands, or anywhere you may be thirsty!

The filter is not intended for salt water, rivers, lakes or flavored drinks.

This neat little water bottle is $12.99 and can be purchased here.  Filter replacements are $7.99 and can be purchased here.

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Backyard and Beyond Metal Water Bottles Recalled for Lead Paint

Another recall from a China-made product. About 18,000 Backyard and Beyond Metal Water Bottles sold between February 2006 and February 2008 have been recalled by Downeast Concepts Inc. because the paint applied during manufacturing in China is laced with lead.

The metal bottles are green, pink or blue, they have a black sip-top, and they have colorful animals or insect graphics on the exterior. Look for model numbers 67402, 67404, 67442, 67444, 67742, 60442, 67744, 67746, 67748 and 60448 printed on the hang tag.

The bottles were sold at major retailers, gift shops, convenience stores, mass merchandise and drug stores nationwide for about $8 apiece.

Lead can permanently damage the brain, and in high doses cause death. Children, and pregnant mothers, should not consume any lead, as it can cause irreversible brain damage.

For a refund, contact Downeast Concepts at (800) 343-2424 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or e-mail productsafety@downeastconcepts.com.

Read more at the CPSC website.