Reducing Your Exposure to Plastics

Some experts oppose banning BPA and phthalates, especially for products that don't come into contact with food, drink or the mouth. "There would be no exposure expected from helmets, goggles, other protective gear, compact discs or electronics. If there is no exposure, there is no health risk," Michael Babich, a chemist with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, told a congressional hearing on BPA in June 2008.

BPA is found in many useful items such as protective sports gear, Babich noted. A ban "could result in less effective protection of children from head, eye or bodily injury," he testified.

Until more research is in and more experts can come to a consensus in this issue, consumers are left to decide for themselves whether these common plastics pose a health risk. If you haven't already, find out about safety issues in common plastics.

Reviewed by Robert Cooper, M.D., FACE

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