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Tests of Canned Food Brands Reveal Most Have Controversial Chemical in Can Lining

Bisphenol-A, or BPA, a chemical component found in plastic bottles and canned food liners, has long courted controversy over its alleged health risks. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has maintained that it is safe at current levels, environmental groups and others contend that the synthetic compound may cause health complications in humans. On Wednesday, the… Continue Reading

Denmark’s National Food Institute Says Europe’s BPA Safe Levels Need Work

BPA Ban Introduced in North Carolina

Those epoxy resins used to line metal food cans and some plastic containers are safe at current permitted levels, with some European bickering still going on about where lower limits should be placed. They may not have gotten that memo yet in North Carolina, where a “Toxic Free Kids Act” has been introduced on the… Continue Reading

EFSA Risk Assessment on Bisphenol A Finds No Consumer Health Risks

On the heels of the 2014 favorable safety assessment for bisphenol A (BPA), another major reevaluation has found that the epoxy resins used to line metal food cans pose no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. Sounding the all-clear signal for BPA this time is the influential European Food… Continue Reading

CA Court Decision Will Place BPA Back on Harmful Chemicals List

A California court recently upheld findings that the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is known to cause reproductive health problems. In 2013, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced that it intended to add BPA to California’s Proposition 65 list of harmful chemicals and require companies to warn consumers when their products can expose… Continue Reading

FDA Says BPA-Lined Containers Are Safe, But New Study Raises Concerns

It might be easy to dismiss the latest study about spiking one’s blood pressure by drinking soy milk from cans lined with bisphenol A (more commonly known as BPA). After all, serious hypertension is more likely to occur from the sodium contained in whatever food or beverage is in the can. But the new Korean… Continue Reading

Study: Hand Sanitizers, French Fries Don’t Mix Well With BPA-Coated Receipts

A new study by researchers at the University of Missouri in Columbia reveals that people who used hand sanitizers, handled cash-register receipts and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA). BPA, commonly used to coat cash-register receipt paper, is an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to a… Continue Reading

Three Members of Congress Seek Ban on BPA in Food Packaging

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) are calling for a ban on Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastics and commonly found in food packaging. “The dangers of BPA have been well demonstrated,” the three wrote in an opinion piece for Roll Call. “Exposure, even… Continue Reading

Study: Early BPA Exposure Increases Risk of Prostate Cancer

Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastics, has been used since the 1960s to make a number of consumer goods such as bottles and cans. In the past several years, potential health risks associated with the chemical have come to the fore. “There is a lot of evidence associating daily exposure to a… Continue Reading

Scientist with Chemical Industry Ties Quits EU Advisory Panel

This report was originally published Oct. 15 by Environmental Health News. It is a follow-up to a Sept. 23 article entitled, “Scientists Critical of EU’s Draft Chemical Regulation Policy Have Industry Ties”. A German scientist who is critical of the European Union’s plan to regulate chemicals and has extensive financial ties to regulated companies has resigned from… Continue Reading

Fetus Not Vulnerable to BPA, Government Study Shows

Mother and unborn child metabolize bisphenol-A, study shows

An ongoing government research project has produced strong evidence that bisphenol-A, or BPA, ingested by a pregnant mother does not pose a risk to the fetus. Concerns over the chemical, which is used as a sealant in the linings of food and beverage containers and in the making of hard plastics, have focused largely on… Continue Reading