Potential health effects include:
- BPA: Harm to brain, behavior and prostate in young children; many other effects triggered by hormone disruption
- BPS: Related to Hormone disruption
Commonly found in:
- BPA: canned food and beverages, polycarbonate plastic, children’s toys, thermal receipt paper, garden hoses
- BPS: thermal receipt paper
Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in polycarbonate plastic—usually marked with recycling symbol No. 7 and “PC”. Not all No. 7 plastic contains BPA, so look for products specifically labeled as “BPA-free.” Most canned foods and metal jar lids have BPA-based linings, unless the company has indicated otherwise, and are thought to be a major source of current BPA exposure.
Bisphenol S (BPS) is found in some thermal paper cash register receipts, and appears to have similar health risks as BPA.
* Under our weak federal laws, it’s impossible for us to know all the uses of BPA and BPS
in consumer products. As a result, this is not an exhaustive list of all
products containing BPA or BPS.