The FDA officially put a stop to the chemical BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. We took a closer look at the safety of other plastics you might use every day.
Plastic: it's portable, it's cheap, and to Connie Richardson's disappointment, it's sometimes all that's available. "I really like to use glass," Richardson said.
Richardson told News 5 it's the chemicals that make up the plastic she worries could be harmful. "I've heard that if they are sitting in the car, if a a water bottle gets hot, there's some concern with that," Richardson explained.
Mark Shurger, the public policy director at Eastman Chemical Company told us there are health risk allegations concerning BPA, and that can still even be found in cans. But when it comes to most plastics you'll find in your home, he told us they should be safe.
"I think that there's a lot of urban myths out there about plastics and the safety of plastics, and I would recommend that if people have concerns to go back to the manufacture," Shurger said.
To do that, it helps to know what your plastic is made of. Somewhere on the plastic item, there should be a resin number that tells you what your plastic consists of. We found on the American Chemistry Council's website, a "1" is often used for softer plastic bottles like soft drinks and peanut butter. A "2" is often used for milk bottles and grocery bags, and a "5" you might find on a medicine bottle.
Once you know what plastic you're using, Shurger said it's also important you are using it for its intended use. "You have to have that linkage there, between the individual resin. What is the plastic and how is it going to be used," Shurger said.
But when it holds your favorite drink, some like Alvin Shelton said there's just not much to worry about. "They can find something wrong with everything you take if you search for it," Shelton said.
The debate over plastics is far from over. We found out there is legislation introduced by some members of congress that pushes for a nation-wide ban for BPA in all canned food, water bottles, and food containers.