Plastics chemical closer to ban

The government has declared BPA a toxic chemical -- setting the stage for complete nationwide ban on this dangerous substance.

Too bad it's not our government!

Canada, which has been leading the way on BPA restrictions for years, has taken the kind of decisive action that would cause a Washington bureaucrat to faint: They've formally listed bisphenol A as toxic to both humans and the environment.

In a nutshell, that means they can now take action against the hormone-like chemical used in plastic containers and metal can linings -- without having to wait for any new laws.

That's one way to take lobbyists out of the equation -- and, as you can imagine, it's driving the chemicals industry nuts.

Good!

Those scoundrels have been lying to us about BPA for years, claiming it's safe while all the independent science proves otherwise.

Here's what we know so far: BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that mimics estrogen. It does it so well, you get a little hormone boost every time you eat or drink something from a metal can or plastic container.

All that exposure adds up -- we're now so loaded with BPA that it's practically leaking from our ears, putting us at risk for everything from obesity and sex problems to cancer and diabetes.

But while the Canucks move to limit any northern exposure to BPA, it's business as usual here south of the border.

The FDA had an opportunity to act earlier this year, but shoved its collective head into the sand instead -- the agency said it would rather wait a few years for the completion of a yet another study (read more here).

Give me a break already!

Short of moving to Canada, the only way to protect yourself and your family is by enforcing your own BPA ban -- and that means ditching anything in a plastic container or tin can.

Nothing good -- or fresh -- has ever come in a factory-sealed container anyway.

And never, ever microwave food in a plastic container unless you're absolutely sure it's BPA-free.