TORONTO, ON – Today Statistics Canada released a report on Bisphenol A (BPA) and child and youth behavioural problems. This significant federal study adds to growing evidence that BPA is harmful for children. Based on this information there is no reason for delaying regulatory action. The government should stop dragging its feet and ban BPA in consumer products.
The report, as part of the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), shows a link between levels of BPA in urine and hyperactivity and low prosocial behaviour, like sharing and helping, in children aged 6-17. These findings confirm that action is needed to remove BPA from consumer products to reduce Canadians’ exposure.
Although it was declared toxic by Health Canada in 2010 and banned from baby bottles, BPA is still found in thermal receipts, can linings and plastic products. Consequently, the CHMS has found 93 per cent of 6- to 11-year-olds and 94 per cent of 12- to 19-year-olds having detectable levels of urinary BPA.
There is ample evidence linking BPA exposure to additional human health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Scientists have also raised concerns over a possible link between BPA exposure and breast cancer. Recently, first evidence of a BPA-prostate cancer link in human males was released.
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