We have been publishing scientific studies on the health risks of bisphenol-A, better known as BPA, for decades now*. BPA is a known endocrine-disrupting chemical, is widely used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. BPA has been classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food additive because it comes into contact with food; food producers and packagers use the chemical in the inner lining of canned food and plastic food and drink containers.
Developed in 1891 as a synthetic estrogen, BPA came into widespread use in the 1950’s when scientists realized it could be used to make and strengthen polycarbonate plastic and some epoxy resins to line food and beverage cans. In recent years BPA has been found in scientific testing to leach into food by way of cans (canned food), the lids of canning jars, and plastic food and drink containers. BPA has also been detected in dental fillings and some thermal paper cash register/ATM receipts.
Health complications scientifically linked to BPA
Several decades of scientific studies have linked BPA to an increased risk for endocrine-related cancers including breast cancer and prostate cancer, spikes in blood pressure, heart disease, abnormalities in liver function, low sperm counts in men, metabolic abnormalities, weight gain and increased serum cholesterol levels, neurological damage/altered brain development including a link with schizophrenia, puberty advances, disruptions, and abnormalities, insulin resistance and diabetes, adverse reproductive and developmental effects including recurrent miscarriages, and gynecomastia (a male breast disease that causes abnormal growth in boys and men). Perinatal exposure to BPA has recently been linked to an increased risk of food intolerance in adulthood, as well as ovarian problems, brain development problems and heart problems later in life.
Europe says BPA is a health risk
In a new re-evaluation of the health effects of food chemical BPA, European Health Safety Experts (EFSA) have concluded that dietary exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) is a health concern for consumers across all age groups.
In an extensive assessment of the scientific evidence, and after input from a public consultation, EFSA’s experts identified potentially harmful health effects of BPA on the immune system.
The European Commission and national authorities will discuss appropriate regulatory measures to follow up on EFSA’s advice.
SEE: Re‐evaluation of the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs: Plain language summary
*Also see: BPA: Research Findings Suggest Avoiding this Food Additive
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Journal reference: José Manuel Barat Baviera, et al. Re‐evaluation of the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs, EFSA Journal, 21(4), 6857.