Toronto, Ontario – As the deadline approaches for industry to report to the Canadian federal government on its production and management of the hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), an expert panel of the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) has concluded that BPA exposure to fetuses and to children could have behavioural and nervous system impacts. Meeting in Washington D.C., the 12-member advisory panel found evidence that present levels of Bisphenol A exposure could be harming children’s nervous systems.
“Canadian fetuses and children are being exposed daily to a chemical that may be damaging their nervous system and leading to behavioural problems,” said Dr. Kapil Khatter, Pollution Policy Advisor, Environmental Defence. “A precautionary approach demands that we greatly reduce our exposure to this chemical.”
Bisphenol A is used in many everyday products, such as hard plastic bottles (including baby bottles) and the linings of food and drink cans. More than 130 peer-reviewed studies have associated Bisphenol A with a variety of health problems, often at surprisingly low levels of exposure. A 2005 U.S. government program found that 95% of people tested had measurable levels of the chemical.
The National Toxicology Program report closely follows the release of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences expert panel’s consensus statement on Bisphenol A. That 38-member panel of leading scientists found that most people are exposed to Bisphenol A at levels higher than those that cause health effects in animal studies.
“It’s time to take preventive action and ban food and beverage containers that expose all of us – but particularly children – to Bisphenol A,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence.
As part of its national Toxic Nation project, Environmental Defence recently launched a campaign to ban Bisphenol A in all food and beverage containers. A petition calling for the ban is available on the Toxic Nation web site – www.toxicnation.ca.
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