The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a study finding 232 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of minority newborns. The tests confirm each baby was exposed to a host of dangerous substances during pregnancy. Find the full report here.
Up to 232 Chemicals Found In Newborn’s Blood
Finding multiple compounds in each infant, the laboratories cumulatively identified 232 industrial compounds and pollutants in the babies.
Nine of 10 randomly selected samples of cord blood tested positive for Bisphenol-A (BPA). Seven billion pounds of BPA, worth $6 billion, were produced in the US last year. BPA is widely used in food packaging, baby bottles, and water bottles—in particular 3 and 5 gallon water bottles used in water delivery service.
Numerous studies have linked BPA exposure to a wide range of health problems, including breast cancer, diabetes, reproductive abnormalities, and neurological disorders.
Stronger Protections Sought To Protect Pregnant Women
Last year the FDA released a review that found BPA exposure did not pose a risk to public health. Relying on two studies paid for by BPA producers, the agency’s announcement met intense criticism, leading consumer and public health advocates to push for another review of the chemical’s safety under the new administration.
In June, in response to congressional committee questions about BPA, the FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg announced the agency was taking the concerns seriously and was conducting a fresh scientific review. The results were expected at the end of November.
Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it needed more time to review BPA. Canada has banned BPA in some applications. The National Institutes of Health and Environmental Protection Agency are also looking into BPA.
What to do? Where employees and pregnant employees are concerned, do not compromise on health and safety, and consider the implications of using bottled water. If you know someone who is pregnant or may become pregnant, make them aware of the risk. Yet another reason to dump bottled water delivery service. Innowave coolers are laboratory tested BPA free.