Poisonous Plastics

10 11 2008

One of my first articles when I started this blog was about a chemical known Bisphenol A or more commonly known as BPA. Back then not many people ever heard of this chemical much less how it was used. Bispenol A is used in the production of some plastics we use in our daily lives. You can read my article here to find out how to identify plastics which use this chemical. Recently Canada decided there was enough proof of the danger posed by this chemical to warrant a ban on the sale and import of infant milk bottles which contain the chemical.

Since I wrote on this subject back in April the world population has found out rather horrifyingly how chemicals are being misused in the production of food and other consumer items. Thousands of infants were sickened and a few died from drinking Melamine laced milk in China. Since the first discovery of it’s illegal use, Melamine has now been found in many other products around the world. It is has now been discovered in animal feed, beef and chicken eggs and even Cadbury Chocolates!

So have we been taught a lesson? Are we more “aware’ of the chemicals that we come in contact with and surreptiticiously made to consume?  I think not. I came by an article in Yahoo Green today which prompted me to write this article. Even I was not aware that some plastic wraps used in the storage of food were made of Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC which in turn is a known male reproductive system toxicant! That should make some of you squirm and check the plastic containers before drinking or eating from them.

There is no denying we now live in a Chemical Culture where almost everything we touch is artificial and produced using many chemicals. Even some of the clothes we wear are made of synthetic material containing several types of plastics and chemicals. We cannot help but come in contact with them but we can help ourselves stay healthy and safe by being informed and spreading the word. Read the article in Yahoo Green by clicking on the link I provided. The article shows you how to identify the different types of plastics used in consumer products. The article goes further to suggest that we do NOT use plastics of any kind in microwave ovens and to allow food to cool before storing them in plastic containers.

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