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Bisphenol A Debate Drags on as Endocrine Disruptors are Identified

Bisphenol A has been making headlines with fair regularity lately as a bitter debate over its regulation as a chemical is waged. The number of studies and research projects that have found reasons for concern over the near ubiquitous nature of bisphenol A are growing, but voices from the chemical industry remain adamant that the chemical is safe. According to Lynne Peeples of the Huffington Post, the danger of this ongoing battle could affect more than just bisphenol A and those in contact with it.

Greiner Packaging to Phase Out BPA in Food Packaging

Greiner Packaging, a largely European-based firm, has announced its intention to phase bisphenol A out of its food products by 2014, allowing for what they believe is a greater degree of protection for consumers. According to an article published in Food Production Daily, Greiner Packaging's new policy will mostly affect five gallon water containers, which are now manufactured using Tritan copolyester.

 

Study Finds BPA in All Umbilical Cord Samples Tested

Researchers at a San Francisco clinic were shocked to find that all of the umbilical cord samples gathered from pregnant women undergoing an elective procedure were contaminated with bisphenol A, a well known endocrine disruptor. The study was headed by Dr. Patricia Hunt, the same researcher who recently conducted a study examining the effects of BPA on maturing mouse eggs. Hunt's study examined umbilical cord samples from 85 women in the second trimester of their pregnancy, and the results showed a “universal” presence of bisphenol A.

Harvard Study Finds BPA May Cause Human Infertility

A study from Harvard University has determined that bisphenol A may be causing higher instances of birth defects and infertility. According to an article published by Stephen Reinberg of US News, researchers from Harvard have concluded from their study that bisphenol A's endocrine disrupting properties may play a role in about 20 percent of documented cases of unexplained infertility. Reinberg writes that the study involved exposing 352 eggs from 121 consenting patients to different levels of bisphenol A.

FDA BPA Ban: Protecting Industry Interests?

Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration has passed legislation which seem, on the outset, to be victories for consumer welfare. Bisphenol A, a now widely recognized endocrine disruptor, was banned from baby formula packaging, recently joined by a limit of arsenic levels in apple juice. While it is welcome and long awaited legislation, Kristin Wartman of the Huffington Post Blog writes that the FDA's actions reflect government pandering to industry interests rather than genuine concern for the welfare of the constituents it claims to represent.

Modified Forms of Bisphenol A Alter Hormone Signaling

By now, the health concerns bisphenol A creates have become common knowledge as scientific reports offering evidence of the chemical's hormone disrupting nature become more and more prolific. Known for its ability to interfere with hormones in the human body, many companies which once used bisphenol A as an ingredient in can linings, resins, plastic bottles, and even cash register receipts, are slowly beginning to phase out the chemical in search of safer alternatives.

Toxic Chemicals Hit Low-Income Families Hardest

Getting access to good nutrition is difficult in America, in part due to the challenges posed by a harsh economy, but also because of the presence of "food deserts" which limit consumers' ability to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. According to an article written by Eric Holt Gimenez in the Healthy Living section of the Huffington Post, it is precisely these families, which total over 13.5 million, which are at the greatest risk of exposure to the chemical bisphenol A.

Breast Cancer UK Issues BPA Ban Rallying Cry, FSA Remains Unmoved

An article recently published on Food Production Daily has reported that despite the calls to action issued by health organization Breast Cancer UK, the British government still maintains that bisphenol A is safe for consumers in food packaging materials. According to correspondant Joe Whitworth, despite the fact that the UK Food Standards Agency continues to refer to a small selection of studies which claim that the chemical is safe, a growing body of research suggests the opposite is true.

Most Canadians Show BPA in Urine, Study Finds

New research from the organization Health Canada has concluded that most Canadians have measurable quantities of bisphenol A in their urine, as well as traces of lead. In a report from Metro News yesterday, it was revealed that the study found BPA in 95% of the subjects studied, with the highest concentrations found in children aged three to five and six to eleven. The article states:

Connecticut Debates Bill to Label Products Containing BPA

An article from the Norwich Bulletin today has announced the existence of a new bill currently under review which would require that products containing bisphenol A be labeled before being sold to consumers in the state of Connecticut. A report from the Associated Press states that this new law would build upon pre-existing rules in Connecticut which prevent certain products containing the chemical from being manufactured or sold.

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