Statement by Maggie MacDonald, Toxics Program Manager with Environmental Defence, on new research on Bisphenol A (BPA) and other endocrine disruptors that suggests human exposure levels deemed “safe” may be over-estimated
A study released yesterday suggests that levels of BPA currently considered “safe” by organizations such as Health Canada for BPA exposure may be off the mark.
Scientists from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and University of Paris-Diderot conducted a review on endocrine-disrupting chemicals in humans and found that studies based on rodent cells may be misleading in setting safety standards.
Their research found that human testes were more than 100 times more susceptible to some compounds, including BPA, compared to those in rodents. BPA is linked to prostate cancer, obesity, heart disease and possibly breast cancer. This means that current standards may be based on an underestimate of the risk posed to humans by BPA exposure.
Considering that according to the Canadian Health Measures survey 95 per cent of Canadians aged 3-79 have BPA in their bodies, this is a huge cause for concern. BPA was banned from baby bottles because it was declared toxic by Health Canada. However, it is still far too widespread in other consumer products like receipts, cans, and plastic food containers, and it may be worse for our health than previously thought.
More needs to be done to protect Canadians from toxic chemicals like BPA.
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