BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It is an organic (carbon based) synthetic (man made) compound that is mainly used in combination with other chemicals to manufacture plastics and resins. Plastics made from BPA are used to manufacture many consumer products such as water bottles, food containers, and electronic equipment. Many countries have banned the use of BPA based products specially those used for consuming food such as baby bottles. This is because BPA can leach into food items, and has been linked to a variety of health issues.