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. 2010 Dec 15;44(24):9425-30.
doi: 10.1021/es102785d. Epub 2010 Nov 1.

Bisphenol A (BPA) in U.S. Food


Bisphenol A (BPA) in U.S. Food

Arnold Schecter et al. Environ Sci Technol. .


Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used for lining metal cans and in polycarbonate plastics, such as baby bottles. In rodents, BPA is associated with early sexual maturation, altered behavior, and effects on prostate and mammary glands. In humans, BPA is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and male sexual dysfunction in exposed workers. Food is a major exposure source. We know of no studies reporting BPA in U.S. fresh food, canned food, and food in plastic packaging in peer reviewed journals. We measured BPA levels in 105 fresh and canned foods, foods sold in plastic packaging, and in cat and dog foods in cans and plastic packaging. We detected BPA in 63 of 105 samples, including fresh turkey, canned green beans, and canned infant formula. Ninety-three of these samples were triplicates which had similar detected levels. Detected levels ranged from 0.23 to 65.0 ng/g ww and were not associated with type of food or packaging but did vary with pH. BPA levels were higher for foods of pH 5 compared to more acidic and alkaline foods. Detected levels were comparable to those found by others. Further research is indicated to determine BPA levels in U.S. food in larger, representative sampling.

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    Ackerman LK, Noonan GO. Ackerman LK, et al. Environ Sci Technol. 2011 Apr 15;45(8):3812-3; author reply 3814-5. doi: 10.1021/es2002869. Epub 2011 Mar 23. Environ Sci Technol. 2011. PMID: 21428397 No abstract available.

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