Toronto, Ontario – A new review of the bisphenol A (BPA) research published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology raises serious concerns about the hormone disrupting chemical and supports Environmental Defence’s call for a ban on food and beverage containers containing it.
An expert panel sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has found that most people are exposed to BPA at levels higher than those that cause health effects in animal studies.  The panel showed concern for the relationship between BPA and many diseases on the rise today.

BPA is known to act like a hormone and more than 130 peer-reviewed studies have associated it with breast and prostate cancer, early puberty, miscarriage, aggressive behaviour and diabetes.  A 2005 U.S. government program found that 95% of people tested had measurable levels of the chemical.

“Canadians across the country are being exposed to levels of BPA shown to be harmful in laboratory studies,” said Dr. Kapil Khatter, Pollution Policy Advisor, 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.

“There’s no excuse for baby bottles and food cans that leach BPA and could be harming our children’s health,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence.  “There are safer alternatives out there.”

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