According to a recent study, the chemical called bisphenol S (BPS) that was used as a replacement for Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles also causes various developmental issues in fish embryos.
Previously, Bisphenol A (BPA) was linked to serious health issues such as obesity, cancer, hyperactivity and childhood anxiety. Studies had found that the use of the chemical also had an effect on brain development in zebra fish. Subsequently, BPA was banned from baby bottles in 2012 by the U.S. Food and drug Administration. Recent studies found that both BPA and BPS chemicals have the same negative effect.
“I was actually very surprised at our results. This was a very, very, very low dose, so I didn’t think using a dose this low could have any effect,” Debra Kurrasch, the lead researcher, told Reuters.
Researchers from the University of Calgary said that further research is required to decide whether BPS affects human fetuses but recommended that pregnant women avoid using items with bisphenols.