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New research indicates even “BPA-free” plastic may not be a safe choice.

The Courier Mail reports that new research from the US has shown a popular chemical alternative to BPA can also pose significant health risks, including disrupting hormones and embryo formation.

The woman behind the study, Professor Nancy Wayne, from UCLA, said the findings were both frightening and important.

“As much as feasible, limit plastic food and beverage containers,” she said.

“It’s time to go back to stainless steel Thermos containers and paper lunch bags.”

BPA, a chemical used in polycarbonate plastics as well as epoxy resins, which coat the inside of food cans, has been linked with prostate cancer, infertility, asthma, heart disease and a number of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Prof Wayne, a reproductive endocrinologist, said her team’s research suggests BPS can also cause changes in embryonic cells.

The researchers exposed ­zebrafish to low levels of both BPA and BPS monitored the ­impact. Zebrafish have transparent embryos which allow scientists to see and monitor cell growth.

“Our research showed that low levels of BPS had a similar impact on the embryo as BPA. Consider it the aquatic version of the canary in the coal mine,” Prof Wayne said.

Dr Nick Osborne, an epidemiologist and toxicologist from the University of Sydney who has ­researched BPA in humans, said: “Everyone has these man-made chemicals in their blood, the question is, is there enough to do harm? If the manufacturers are taking BPA out, what are they putting in as a substitute? We just don’t know.”

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  • Wow I just realized how much reusable plastic I rely on! I have no idea what I’d replace freezer containers with if I didn’t use plastic

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  • I remember my sister in law having a dig at me for using glass bottles for my expressed breast milk. Apparently I was exposing my baby to too many hazards because glass can break and formula was more nutritional. Of course she also had an opinion because I also chose to use washable nappies instead of disposables. There are so many chemicals in this world. It will be interesting to see what further research will show.

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  • Oh just fabulous, something else to worry about :(

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  • oh scary new info! wow definately go wrap free and plastic free

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  • Gosh, another thing to fear! I use as much glass in our home as I can…

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  • Oh goodness, yet another everyday item we need to be wary of…

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  • Oh! What is left then? Stainless steel or glass. I really thought BPA-free plastic was safe.

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  • Lke kd

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  • It will be interesting to see what effects plastics are having on us as more research is done.

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