The substance is found in some clear plastic bottles, the white lining of cans, plastic dinnerware, some dental sealants, automobile parts, thermal paper cash register receipts and even toys, among other things.
Drinking water from some plastic bottles, eating foods stored in certain plastic containers, and handling thermal paper can expose someone to BPA. The water bottle may leach plastic into the water even if it is sitting on a table at room temperature. BPA from thermal paper readily transfers to skin.
In animals, BPA exposures mimic the sex hormone estrogen if blood and tissue levels are high enough.
According to Grace Ross Lewis’ book, 1001 Chemicals in Everyday Products, people want to know if chemical additives are so dangerous, why are they permitted? The answer is simply chemicals are not dangerous for everyone and they do help to keep food safer and cleaner. But people with allergies, sensitivity or intolerance to certain chemicals, should avoid them.