The plastics industry keeps insisting that BPA is safe -- and I keep waiting for an independent study that backs them up.

I haven't seen one yet.

But every week, I come across new studies and case reports that prove otherwise -- and the latest links this hormone-like chemical used in cans and plastics to some frightening problems in at least one newborn.

The researchers behind a larger report on BPA exposure during pregnancy tracked the woman in that study who had the highest levels, and her baby, for five years.

And let's just say the kid got off to a rough start: Researchers wrote in Environmental Health Perspectives that the baby was normal at birth, but a month later was found to be suffering from tremors, abnormal movements and increased muscle tone.

All of those behaviors vanished by the one-year mark... but it must have been frightening for the parents to witness.

And while this was just a single case report, it's consistent with other studies that have linked BPA exposure during pregnancy to serious risks during infancy.

One new study finds that pregnant women exposed to BPA in the workplace have a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies than women with little to no workplace exposure.

The researchers wrote in Reproductive Toxicology that it's more proof BPA exposure can harm fetal development.

In another recent study, researchers found that prenatal BPA exposure can double the odds of a wheezing baby, especially if the exposure takes place during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

BPA has also been linked to serious developmental issues, girls who act out even more than normal and other behavioral problems in children.

In adults, this stuff can be even worse: It's been linked to everything from sex problems to heart disease to diabetes.

It's not easy to avoid all BPA -- it's in just about everything. But you can minimize and even eliminate your exposure by sticking to real fresh foods that have never been packaged.

One recent study found that families that switch to organic meals and BPA-free containers slashed their levels by 60 percent in just three days.

That means you can lower your levels -- and your risk -- by taking action this weekend.