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Ch 17: Environmental Hazards & Human Health

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Case Study: Are Baby Bottles and Food Cans Safe to Use? The BPA Controversy

What is BPA? How are you exposed? What's the risk?
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Bisphenol A (BPA) = an estrogen mimic that we're exposed to in plastic. the risks are that it's really toxic.

There is concern that bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen mimic, can leach out
of polycarbonate baby bottles, especially when they are warmed, microwaved, or used
to hold acidic juices. In 2008, Canada became the first country to classify BPA as a toxic
substance and announced that it would ban its use in baby bottles. Some manufacturers
are no longer using polycarbonate plastic in baby bottles, in sipping cups, or in the plastic
lining of baby formula cans. But almost all food and soft drink cans are lined with a plastic
resin that some researchers believe can release BPA into the contents of the cans.
Comparative risk analysis: How does this risk rank against other risks?

Risk reduction: How much should it be reduced?

Risk reduction strategy: How will the risk be reduced?

Financial commitment: How much money should be spent?

Risk communication: communicating the reality of these risks to the public

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