Professor of Science Finds Parallel Between Chemical found in Plastics and Harmfulness of Tobacco

Published: 28 November 2006
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS

The Missourian reports on yet another story linking BPA, a chemical used in many types of plastics baby bottles, plastic wrap and food containers, to hormone dysfunction. According to The Missourian, Fred vom Saal, a Minnesota University sciences professor, has long studied the effects of bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical found in many plastics products, and has one goal—“to see the day when some plastics corporations are seen in the same light as companies that make asbestos or sell tobacco.” According to the article and the research from Professor vom Saal, “BPA mimics the effects of powerful sex hormones … and can cause brain damage, abnormal organ development and hyperactivity even when present in small doses.” According to vom Saal, BPA poses “risks to everyone, but in babies they’re permanent.”

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