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American Scientist: Assessing Risks From Bisphenol-A
January 4, 2010, 2:53 pm
Filed under: News

Evaluating human health risks from endocrine disruptors such as BPA is difficult, but animal studies suggest trouble is afoot

Heather Patisaul

The industrialized world produces an immense amount of plastic, more than 45 billion kilograms annually in the United States alone. But what is it made of, and is it all safe? Some reusable water bottles sold in Wal-Mart and other retail stores in the United States now display stickers proudly marketing themselves as “BPA-free.” The labeling results from consumer concern over scientific evidence that bisphenol A (BPA), a common ingredient in many hard plastics, may be harmful to the human reproductive system because it interferes with hormones. The plastics industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say BPA is not dangerous at the levels people are currently exposed to. In contrast, in September of 2008, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) concluded that there is “some concern” for adverse effects on the “brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and children.” This concern prompted members of Congress to pressure the FDA to take another look, a process that is now underway.

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