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To BPA, or not to BPA?

(article, Culinate staff)

The May/June issue of Audubon magazine included a short report on the state of products made with bisphenol A, better known by the acronym BPA. The chemical has been removed from many common plastic products, including baby bottles, but, as Susan Cosier pointed out, the non-BPA replacements may be worse for us than BPA:

bq. "'BPA free' is perhaps the best and worst thing that has happened," says Patricia Hunt, a Washington State University biologist. “It’s good because it has raised consumer awareness. It’s bad because not all BPA-free plastics are free of compounds related to this nasty actor.” Industry has tweaked the molecule, in many instances, to create BPS or BPF, which could be as bad as or even worse than the original villain.