Canadians To Be Tested for chemicals including phthalates and bisphenol A

Published: 29 December 2006
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

According to CBC Canada, Statistics Canada will test “5,000 Canadians for everything from toxic contaminants in the blood to physical fitness in what it’s calling the most comprehensive survey of our overall health.” The CBC Canada reports that among those chemicals for which doctors will look are eleven types of phthalates (used to soften plastics) and bisphenol A, which according to the article, is used to make hard plastic bottles and is “known to mimic the female sex hormone estrogen.” Of late, articles have surfaced questioning some chemicals found in plastics, such as phthalates and bisphenol A, and their possible adverse effects on human health. Some scientists question whether such chemicals can leach out of plastic bottles into the contents contained, thus altering the original composition of such products.

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