Vinas and Watson are hoping that more preliminary testing and screening could sift out toxic chemicals before they hit the market.
"If chemists and biologists work together, they [might be able to] screen out all these potentially bad chemicals that mimic hormones," Vinas said.
What can consumers do now? Glass and stainless steel containers make good substitutes for plastic, experts said. Feed your baby with a glass bottle, advised Arnold Schecter, a public health physician at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas, and eat fresh produce instead of canned vegetables. Because BPS has been found in currency, Vinas avoids cash.
"Ideally, stay away from all of it until we find a chemical that doesn't leach," Vinas said. "But worrying about it is also probably not healthy."