BPS, the BPA substitute in baby bottles, more dangerous than its predecessor

In the US, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officially banned in July 2012 the use of the Bispohenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and cups. However, recent researches found out that its substitute, the Bisphenol S (BPS) could be very toxic for children. Perhaps it could be even more dangerous than its predecessor.

Chemistry experts alert consumers on the BPA successor in plastic items’ production: the Bisphenol S (BPS). In the United States the ban of the BPA was cheered by the most of the consumers, because they were aware of the toxicity of such chemical whose use in the production of plastic items was widespread.  In Europe also public officers and the public opinion pushed towards this direction.

Anyway, American scientists say there is nothing to be glad of: Bisphenol S (BPS), the chemical now being used in place of BPA in many "BPA-free" products, may be just as harmful. As a consequence, plastics, receipt paper, money, and various other consumer products and materials still have to be considered dangerous and toxic. A special attention has to be held for baby bottles and cups, due to the fact that the little ones are particularly vulnerable to chemical substances, and their development could be jeopardized with them.

A new study published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology is the first to analyze the presence of BPS in consumer products. Its conclusions show that BPS is similar to BPA in that it can disrupt the endocrine system as a result of repeated exposure.

What is really alarming is that BPS seems to be even more absorbable than BPA: the uptake of the substitute chemical substance is 19 times higher! It is also a lot less biodegradable than BPA, which means that remains longer within the body.

Anyway the only little positive evidence is that, according to a Japanese study, it is (only slightly) less potent than BPA at mimicking the female hormone estrogen in the body.

Nobody seems conscious of the risks of this new substance, even because the safety of BPS has never been properly tested, like the safety of BPA.