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Report on BPA

Report on BPA

Courtesy of http://www.toxicnation.ca

Officially on March 11, 2010, the Canadian government banned Bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles. Effective 23 September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA as a toxic substance. BPA has been completely banned from advertisement, sale, and importation into Canada. This is definitely a win for Canadians.

The greater problem for Canadians and world is the fact that we are still exposed to the carcinogen BPA. A recent study released this month by The National Workgroup for Safe Markets, a coalition of public health and environmental health groups in the United States confirmed the following: The study, No Silver Lining: An Investigation into Bisphenol A in Canned Foods, tested food from 50 cans from Canada and the U.S. for BPA contamination. Over 90% of the canned food tested had detectable levels of BPA.

We have requested the help of the Canadian Government to ban the BPA and they have delivered the legislation which was much needed. We do need to put pressure on the food regulatory bodies to enforce the BPA ban in food. The next step as involves YOU, it is time as consumers to vote with our purchase power. Similar to the pressure consumers put on restaurants to remove MSG from their food, consumers now have to speak out on products containing BPA. I know we all lead busy lives, but an alternative for most canned foods would be to cook them from scratch, for example the legumes we buy. Just think about how healthier your body would become.

Dr Elias Markou, ND

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