Bisphenol A has detrimental effects on human health. It acts in a similar fashion as estrogens. This may cause unnecessary body reactions, which may be harmful. Other effects of the chemical include increased risks of heart conditions, as well as diabetes. Children may also develop complexities during development. The substance may be considered as a carcinogen, since it is associated with breast cancer (Vogel 265). Men infertility as a result of erectile dysfunction is another negative effect of the chemical. Fetuses are affected by Bisphenol A through alterations in hormones. Other gene-related diseases are also associated with Bisphenol A. These include Tuner syndrome and Down’s syndrome that occurs as a result of methylation along the DNA strands.
Position of FDA
According to FDA, the products containing BPA in the markets are safe. There are researches that scrutinize the level of safety of such products. FDA promises to update the public on any contrary findings. This is with considerations of the reports on the findings of Canadian firms charged with a similar duty. The body reviewed current reports on the effects of Bisphenol A and found no evidence supporting the claims of negative effects (Mayer 1). FDA takes the position that products with BPA, currently in the market are safe for both adults and children. This is with regards of the low dosage exposure. FDA promises to offer protection to the health of the public.
Position of HHS
Department of health and human service believes that there is a need for a minimized exposure to BPA when feeding infants. HHS also states that there is an ongoing research on the detrimental effects of the chemical. Breast milk forms a perfect source of nutrients for children below one year (Chellaney 330). This is a safe avenue for minimizing the risks associated with exposure to the chemical. Food containers that have scratches should be disposed. Safety must be ensured when using microwave so as to minimize leaching of BPA. More than 90 percent of infant bottles are not made using BPA.
Position of state government and personal feeling on BPA regulation
My state government believes that there are sufficient regulatory measures taken to minimize exposure to BPA. The use of containers is regulated to ensure that manufacturers do not use containers with BPA. The government believes that containers in the market are safe for use. There are views that there are no researches that indicate direct effects of the use of containers with BPA within the state.
I feel that more regulations should be evident on BPA in the United States, because of the negative effects associated with the chemical. There are no researches that prove the claim, but researchers continue working on the issue. This calls for a safe position, which includes zero exposure to BPA as research continues rather than allowing low dosage.
Chellaney, Brahma. Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water Crisis. Rowman & Maryland: Littlefield Publishers, 2013. Print.
Mayer, Julie. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states its position on BPA. Fit pregnancy”. Pregnancy Health. 2013. Web.
Vogel, Sarah. Is It Safe?: BPA and the Struggle to Define the Safety of Chemicals. California: University of California Press, 2012. Print.