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Could Your Plastic Contain BPA?...Find Out

You may have heard Bispenol A or B.P.A. is dangerous. So Newschannel 10's Stephanae Benson found out there's a way to tell if the plastics in your home contain them. This comes after last week many viewers responded to a warning issued from an environmental agency about the chemical. 
      
If you look at the bottom of your plastic container, you will see a number that tells you how that product can be recycled, but that number means more than how it can be recycled, it tells you what type of plastic it is.   

If the product says 1, 2, 5 or 5 experts say it's safe to use. The number 7 indicates the plastic contains B.P.A., a dangerous chemical that some animal research shows causes cancer or birth defects. Numbers 3 and 6 indicates the presence of similar chemicals that some health professionals believe could also be a cause for concern.      

Local Pediatrician, Meganne Walsh says don't throw out your baby bottle, tupperware, or sports bottles just because it contains B.P.A.

"One side says you have to eat 500 pounds of food to reach the E.P.A. or F.D.A.'s safe level. So that's a lot of consumption."
  
Dr. Walsh says the other side of the controversy is that any amount can be harmful, but adds there is no evidence that the chemical is harmful to humans.
 
"That's why we brought up B.P.A., just so people are thinking about the safety of plastics."

Dr. Walsh says she is comfortable with people continuing to use plastic bottles. And does not think the issue should send people into panick mode. If you are concerned she says to simply limit your use of plastics with the number 3, 6 or 7.
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