In laboratory animals, exposures to low levels of BPA have been associated with the onset of early pubery, and linked with breast and prostrate cancers. Exposure to BPA while pregnant way disrupt fetal programming and incorrect sorting of chromosomes, leading potential to birth defects such as Down's Syndrome. Read here for more on BPA exposure while pregnant.
BPA is present in almost all of us. In a study of 2,517 people over the age of 6 years conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), BPA was detected in the urine of 93% of the people tested.
The plastic industry has maintained that BPA is safe. The safety of BPA is being debated in the United States. Health Canada's decision is amazing news. It may help with the current debate in the United States.
But, until policies change, I recommend skipping polycarbonate plastic bottles & sippy cups, and also skipping prepared formula in cans. For BPA free baby bottles, check out the list here. For steps to reduce BPA exposure, read here. For BPA free sippy cups, read here. For adults, watch the canned goods. Buy in glass or plastic if you can. Also use a water bottle that is not polycarbonate plastic.