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Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used chemical that could cause harmful health effects. BPA is found in hard, shatterproof, clear plastic (of any colour), known as "polycarbonate plastic." It can also be found in the lining of metal food cans. As of 2009, the sale, importation and advertisement of baby bottles containing BPA is prohibited in Canada.

Most people are exposed to low levels of BPA. The health risk is generally low. However, newborns and young children could be exposed to higher levels, close to the level where health effects could occur. You could be exposed to BPA by eating food or drinking liquids from containers made with BPA and on cash register receipts.

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