BPA found to be harmful in “90 percent of publicly funded studies”

Published: 29 January 2007
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/Federal Regulations

People often spend time looking at the contents of food and beverage products they are buying, but are they overlooking one very important element, the products’ packaging? According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the common chemical found in plastics food and beverage containers, bisphenol A or BPA, “has been shown by many studies to cause harmful effects” with the doses being “in the range of common chemical exposure.” According to the article, “More than 40 independent studies of bisphenol A exposures at daily exposure levels below what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says is safe cause adverse effects in rodents when exposed in the womb.” The article reports that BPA is commonly used in plastics products such as baby bottles and “widely popular water bottles” and while the chemical superficially appears to be stable, the “plastic readily degrades and age and heat accelerate the degradation. Thus, use virtually guarantees exposure.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that BPA may be linked to cancer, hormone dysfunction, attention disorders, changes in behavior and disruption of insulin regulation. While more than 90 percent of publicly funded studies reportedly show that bisphenol A causes adverse effects at low levels, the article reports that “not one study funded by the chemical industry finds harm.” The article concludes by reporting, “There are replacements for bisphenol A. The same can’t be said for children’s health.”

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