Worldwide Food Service Safety Month on December, 2023: whats going to happen to my 2 year old due to BPA exposure?
December, 2023 is Worldwide Food Service Safety Month 2023. Food safety Mgt. Degree Learn all about Food safety during our 1 year programme in Holland.
I agree with KS4E, I was freaking out at first, but it's true we are exposed to ALL sorts of stuff. I e-mailed customer service for Dr. Brown's bottles b/c that's what my daughter uses, she is breastfed but gets bottles at daycare during the week. Sorry it's so long, but it's a good response I received back, I was going to e-mail it to you, but you don't allow e-mail, so I've pasted it below, it has a lot of good links:
Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow is extending its baby bottle product offerings to include bottles made of three different materials – glass, polycarbonate plastic, and polypropylene plastic. All three bottle types will maintain the unique internal vent system that makes Dr. Brown’s bottles popular with parents and babies. Polycarbonate bottles are available now, glass bottles are available in January, and polypropylene will be available in the spring of 2008.
None of our products are made of PVC and therefore do not contain phthalates.
There is increasing interest from retailers and moms for a choice in bottle materials. So now, parents will have choices that allow them to continue to use Dr. Brown’s baby bottles. Our new glass and polypropylene baby bottles maintain the same unique attributes of our popular polycarbonate plastic Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow baby bottles on the market today, including the reduction of feeding problems like colic, spit-up, burping and gas.
Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® bottles and sippy cups currently on the market are made of polycarbonate plastic.
Polycarbonate plastic is used to make a wide variety of products, ranging from cell phones, safety glasses and computers to food contact products such as baby bottles, water bottles and food storage containers. Polycarbonate plastic is authorized for food and drink contact application by government agencies worldwide. Polycarbonate contains trace amounts of Bisphenol A, a substance that has been extensively studied and tested for health and safety by both manufacturers and government agencies. These tests have demonstrated that consumer exposure to Bisphenol A does not pose a risk to human health, and FDA continues to support the use of polycarbonate plastic. Polypropylene bottles do not contain Bisphenol A.
Glass and polypropylene plastic bottles will join our polycarbonate bottles, and all three types will be sold at retail. We continue to be comfortable with the overwhelming body of scientific evidence from around the world that deems polycarbonate plastic to be safe for use with baby bottles. However, we believe parents will appreciate having a choice of products.
I actually feed my 3 month old son with Polycarbonate bottles, and we heat them both by boiling and by using the top rack of the dishwasher. We even sell a Dr. Brown’s microwave steam sterilizer.
If you would like more information on polycarbonate and Bisphenol A, please see the following links:
Thank you for using Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow, and if there is ever anything else we can do please call us at 1(800)778-9001 or e-mail us through our website.
Peace Corps questions?
I came back from my 27 months in Peace Corps this past December. I was very much welcomed for my teaching, and I made friends that I will never forget -- both among my fellow volunteers, and among the people of Tanzania.
What Peace Corps requires is that you have a skill you can use in volunteering. What have you done with your life so far? Do you know anything about health? Anything about agriculture, carpentry, or another skill with your hands? Do you have experience in teaching, or a degree in science or math?
While the term is officially 27 months -- 2-3 months' training and about 2 years of service -- there are many people who quit. You will lose benefits of waived graduate school application fees, some scholarships, and the general reputation of it; but there are no laws or serious consequences in quitting.
It is most definitely an experience worth having! It gave me two years' experience in teaching, with ESL experience that helped me to get a job teaching at a good private school. Beyond the gain back at home, I was able to show some of my family the country (a visit from home) and I was able to make a difference in the lives of many students and a large number of friends from every country in the world. If you have the freedom to spend two years away from the States, you should definitely volunteer!
The Peace Corps is for US citizens only and is therefore more careful with its volunteers than many organizations. As a fellow volunteer stated, the organization is perfect for someone who has never left the country before. There are many weeks of training, and the volunteers are assigned "homestay families" who are also coached in the safety and teaching of their volunteer. Some of our volunteers who had experience outside the country found their extra care tiresome, but it does mean that the volunteers are safe. The most dangerous incident to happen was a group in the city who were out late at night; they were held at knife-point to take their money and then allowed to leave. Worldwide, incidents of any kind are very rare and usually related to (in my experience) incidents of carelessness.
Peace Corps does not have an active program in any country that is volitile, and if an area becomes volitile they will evacuate the volunteers. There are drills and plans to follow for each volunteer so that they know their role in such a situation.
That said, you may also want to check in the VSO or Volunteer Services Organization. If you join Peace Corps, you may choose a region of the world -- such as South America or Sub-Saharan Africa.
With the Peace Corps, there are contacts in every town and the people in your village have all necessary contact information with headquarters should they be needed. They also provide free medical care at the headquarters. If there is any danger by terrorists or civil unrest, they will bring you to headquarters and, if necessary, help you all to evacuate.
The "food allowance" is about the same as your "Host Country National" counterparts, housing is provided, and they give you language training and a "counterpart" or helpful local resident to help orient you. The "food allowance" depends on the country you are assigned to, but it is usually about $150 - $300 a month -- more than enough to buy your food in a country where basic groceries cost about $50 a month!
You really should look into it and see if you would like to join; it is most definitely an experience worth having. You can contact me also, if you have questions. You have plenty of time to research it.
And yes, the volunteers made a tangible difference in their communities and the ones nearby. There are environmental volunteers (digging wells, teaching agriculture, teaching sanitation), health volunteers (teaching both in schools and in communities, including HIV/AIDS education), and education volunteers (teaching primarily in schools, science and math subjects).
There are also NGO's (Non-Governmental Organizations) in many countries, which can give you a long-term or even a permanent position. They work with more specific issues, such as AIDS education, literacy in general, or religious education.
Try looking into things! You have Americorps, Peace Corps, VSO, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Caretakers of the Environment, and NGO's. Most of these will give a (small) food allowance for your help.
If you have other questions, let me know! If you have experience with the Spanish language, there is a very good chance that they would accept you for the Western Hemisphere assignments, and there are many more environmental needs there. Depending on what your abilities are with other areas, fluency in Spanish alone can be a useful qualification. Fluency in French can be a benefit in gaining an assignment in Western Africa. Just FYI!
i need help with japanese language?
For all the tabs, the words in orange represent the company sponsoring the benefit, followed by the nature of the benefit. By just clicking on the links, a donation of 1 yen will be made for the cause (at no cost to you) by the sponsor company. You can click once daily for each cause. The following is not a complete translation, but a summary translation of each benefit:
TOP LEFT: Support and education for children of third-world/impoverished countries (sponsored by Tavita).
Details: 1500 yen can support a month's worth of age-appropriate education/schooling/vocational training for a child which aids these youths in becoming independent adults and attaining work. This group specifically helps children in Cambodia, Phillipines, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, and Pakistan, among others. Teaching children useful skills empowers them to become independent and saves them from a life on the streets.
TOP CENTER: Provision of school lunches for children (sponsored by Benetton Japan, of United Colors of Benetton).
Details: Just 20 yen can feed one lunch meal for a child. There are over 3.5 billion starving children worldwide, of which 1.7 billion are not provided with food at school, and 1.5 billion do not have the means to go to school. This benefit supports initiatives to provide these children of impoverished regions with high-nutritution school lunches to aid the world hunger crisis and child malnutrition. This benefit also helps ensure that children have access to education.
TOP RIGHT: Health for mothers & children (sponsored by Najume).
Details: For 5 yen, a clean, sterilized razor can be provided to cut the umbilical cord for mothers and their newborn child. Every minute, a woman loses her life due to complications during pregnancy or delivery. Much of this is due to poverty, malcutrition, and poor access to clinical/health services and lack of preparations for the pregnancy and delivery. With the delivery date unknown and unexpected labor, some resort to cutting the unbilical cord with sharp stones or glass shards they find on the street. This unsterile technique often causes complications that result in the death of the mother and/or the baby. This benefit aims to provide "safe delivery kits" with clean utensils (such as sterile razors) to expectant mothers as well as offering volunteer aid of midwives and clinicians to aid in the pregnancy/delivery of expectant mothers in such impoverished regions.
BOTTOM LEFT: Reversal of desertification of land (sponsored by O.M.)
Details: Every 20,000 yen reintroduces plants and thus reverses the desertification of 1 hectare (2.471 acres or 10,000 sq meters) of land. Earth's desertification is progressing at increasingly high rates. Already, a fourth of the Earth's land is turning into infertile desert, leading 9 billion people to seek aid/relief worldwide. Often entire crop fields are engulfed in sand, destroying the livelihoods of many people. Land that was once fertile/green has a chance to be restored by preventing the spread of the desert (via fencing, etc) and by replanting trees and other sapling plants. This benefit aims to help support these causes toto prevent further desertification and restore once-fertile land and help the local population regain their livelihoods.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Reforestation (sponsored by Hitachi).
Details: 20 yen plants one sapling, 32,000 yen can restore 1 hectare of forest land. In Tanzania (west Africa), millions of hectares of forest land is lost each year due to the growing human population. Areas such as the richly forested area of Mt. Kilimanjaro are also suffering the consequences of deforestation, including instable soil, mudslides/avalanches, etc. These natural hazards that occur due to the effects of deforestation threatens the safety and livelihood of the local populations. For the last twenty years, the locals of the Mt. Kilimanjaro area have been making efforts to restore the local forests to save their homeland and lifestyle/livelihoods. Donations to this benefit will help their cause.