McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
RALEIGH, N.C. — One word: Bisphenol-A.
The plastic additive is leaching from your water bottles, soda cans, baby bottles, microwaveable dishes — just about anything made of certain lightweight clear plastics.
And it mimics the hormone estrogen, which some research indicates could harm human health, particularly the development of fetuses and newborn babies.
Known as BPA, bisphenol-A has been used in commercial production of lightweight plastics and epoxy resins since the 1950s. Billions of pounds are produced annually, and traces of it are found in almost everyone — including the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies.