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First bisphenol A measurements in food reported

Blog Post created by john simpson on Nov 3, 2010

Taken from the Los Angeles Times
"Worried about bisphenol A in food? Before you  shop..."



Believe it or not -- considering all of the negative  publicity the chemical bisphenol A has received, resulting in efforts to ban its  use in baby bottles and other items for small children -- scientists didn't get  around to publishing a peer-reviewed study measuring levels of the chemical in  U.S. food until this week. The work was published online Tuesday in the journal  Environmental Science & Technology. A research team led by  Arnold Schecter of the University of Texas School of Public Health measured 105  foods purchased from grocery stores in Dallas in March 2010. They detected  "quantifiable levels" of bisphenol A, which is often used to line food cans and  to harden plastics, in 63 of them. The BPA levels detected by the researchers  were almost 1,000 times lower than the tolerable daily intake levels set by the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Food Safety Authority, the  scientists reported. But many researchers aren't convinced that those guidelines  are appropriate. The paper reported that studies have identified adverse affects  at lower doses.