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article imageTop Hormone Researchers Warn of Health Threat of BPA

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By Carol Forsloff
Jun 14, 2009 in Health
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The FDA reported a few months ago certain containers made with the plastic chemical bisphenol a (BPA) could affect the public health, if the BPA content were significant. Top endocrinologists now warn the problem is serious.
Top endocrinologists declare BPA levels in content of containers is too high. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports detectable levels of BPA are found in the urine of 93% of Americans over the age of six. They are concerned about new research that shows links between endocrine, disrupting chemicals and certain health problems such as breast and prostate cancer, neurological and reproductive system disorders, diabetes and obesity. The Endocrine Society is now taking a more active role in shaping public policy on toxic chemical reform.
The society warned that ‘effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be transmitted to further generations.”
“The evidence of BPA’s risks is clear-cut,” said Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Vice President for Research, Jane Houlihan. “The debate is over, the science is persuasive and verdict is in: BPA should not be in products that people, particularly young children use everyday.” Environmental Working Group (EWG) has asked Coca-Cola to reduce children’s exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical used in beverage bottles and beverage can linings. EWG Ken Cook recently wrote in a press release from the group
“Along with hundreds of thousands of Environmental Working Group supporters, I was very disappointed to read reports in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post that a Coca-Cola representative joined chemical and food processing company lobbyists in a recent meeting to consider, among other things, the use of “fear tactics” to protect the market for the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA).”
In January the results of new research showed high levels of BPA remain in the body even after fasting for as long as 24 hours, suggesting “that BPA exposure may come from non-food sources, or, that BPA is not rapidly metabolized, or both.” Before this research, scientists believed BPA was excreted quickly, and that people were exposed through food. Now scientists believe BPA to be far more risky than thought before and are advising government agencies about this. Will this mean the coding system reported earlier when the initial concerns about BPA were announced will change? What products have BPA? Consumers are advised to stay informed through EWG news information.
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