There is a new report from hormone experts that cites concerns about human exposure to bisphenol A, also known as BPA. BPA is found in many plastic products, including the epoxy liners commonly found in canned goods.
We wrote a previous article about growing concerns about BPA contamination and how to reduce your exposure, but this report raises the concern to a new level. The report is from the Endocrine Society and is based upon a study of the effects of BPA contamination in food. The results are being presented at their annual meeting.
BPA is a component is some–but not all–hard clear plastic products, such as hard polycarbonate bottles and in the epoxy lining found in almost all canned goods. BPA is known as an endocrine disruptor, which studies show can contribute to breast cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid disease and cardiovascular disease.
The most disturbing part of the studies found that when mice were briefly exposed to BPA during pregnancy, their offspring carried DNA changes throughout their lives. The Endocrine Society scientists are therefore warning pregnant women to avoid exposure to products containing bisphenol A. The studies also found that BPA exposure
The FDA has investigated concerns about BPA, but thus far have taken the position that normal exposer to BPA products is at a safe level. This new study may cause the FDA to re-evaluate their opinion.