On October 13, Canada formally declared the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) a toxic substance. Canada first proposed in 2008 to declare BPA toxic, and has only now just added it. BPA, which is found in hard plastic material including food containers and toys, has been confirmed as “harmful to human life,” according to Health Canada. It is shown to mimic the hormone estrogen, which can lead to health problems such as tumor formation, early puberty, and hyperactivity. The toxic listing is seen as a step toward legal action and the eventual removal of the chemical from food and beverage containers.
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