In case you are wondering, no, I haven’t returned from my stay on the moon. I am still in the atmosphere and most likely will not be coming home soon. My name is Foraging Squirrel and I am a space cadet. Did I or did I not just write a post about BPA? Yes, yes I did. And did I or did I not just go out and buy a plastic electric kettle? Yes, yes I did. And did my husband (whom I am now calling “Putti”- see angel post-) have to tell me that boiling water in a plastic kettle means BPA’s will seep in to my water? Yes! Putti had to tell me that. Dang it! “wooooshhh” that is what the inside of my brain sounds like.
I am sure anyone who knows me and is reading this is not at all surprised. I do things like this all the time. Like the other day when I took my kid’s backpack home with me for the gazillionth time after I dropped him off at school. Or that time when I forgot my zip code at the gas station because I was under so much pressure from the beeping and blinking “PUT IN ZIP CODE” monster. And actually, the guy that turns off my water because I keep forgetting to pay my bill knows quite well that I am well meaning just not earthbound.
The question is: why am I able to purchase a plastic kettle? Someone like me should be stopped! Isn’t the government looking out for me?
The FDA’s Current Perspective on BPA
At this interim stage, FDA shares the perspective of the National Toxicology Program that recent studies provide reason for some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. FDA also recognizes substantial uncertainties with respect to the overall interpretation of these studies and their potential implications for human health effects of BPA exposure. These uncertainties relate to issues such as the routes of exposure employed, the lack of consistency among some of the measured endpoints or results between studies, the relevance of some animal models to human health, differences in the metabolism (and detoxification) of and responses to BPA both at different ages and in different species, and limited or absent dose response information for some studies.
FDA is pursuing additional studies to address the uncertainties in the findings, seeking public input and input from other expert agencies, and supporting a shift to a more robust regulatory framework for oversight of BPA to be able to respond quickly, if necessary, to protect the public.
So since our food and drug administration is still testing and thinking then I guess I will have to return my plastic electric kettle. Maybe the FDA is in outer space with me. Maybe we can meet up on the moon and share a plastic tea full of yummy BPA!