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It is a key monomer in production of polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastic, which is clear and nearly shatter-proof, is used to make a variety of common products including baby and water bottles, sports equipment, medical devices, CDs, and household electronics. Epoxy resins are used as coatings on the inside of almost all food and beverage cans
The main problem with BPA is that it's being used in CANNED FOODS and baby bottles such at Avent's plastic baby bottles. Numerous studies have shown that when the baby bottles are exposed to boiling water or when they are put through the dishwasher they break down and the BPA seeps into the baby's milk/formula.
When legitimate scientists have conducted studies on BPA, it is consistently linked to obesity, developmental problems, risk for heart attack, and breast and prostate cancer.
Scientists, physicians, and children's health advocates expressed outrage with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that bisphenol A - the hormone disrupting chemical found in numerous consumer products including can linings and baby bottles - is "safe."
"The FDA's assessment relies on just two studies which were funded by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). This ignores dozens of other studies done by independent scientists which have found evidence of health consequences," says Dr. Sarah Janssen, a physician and scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The American Chemistry Council represents the companies that make the products that make modern life possible,
"The chemical industry's efforts to hide or misrepresent the hazards of its product have been so blatant that Congress has felt the need to intervene," said Dr. Jennifer Sass, a scientist with NRDC. Congress is scrutinizing the communications between the ACC and a PR firm, the Weinberg Group, whose clients have included the alcohol and tobacco industries.
A Union of Concerned Scientists poll of FDA scientists indicated broad industry interference within the agency.
Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-MA): "Since the regulators are asleep at the wheel, I've introduced legislation to ban BPA in all food and beverage containers, and will continue to work to ensure that it is enacted into law."
Mexican peppers posed problem long before outbreak
By GARANCE BURKE – 2 days ago
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal inspectors at U.S. border crossings repeatedly turned back filthy, disease-ridden shipments of peppers from Mexico in the months before a salmonella outbreak that sickened 1,400 people was finally traced to Mexican chilies.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that BPA was detected in the urine of 93% of tested participants, in the same overall NHANES database, who were six years old or older, "a finding that indicates widespread exposure to BPA in the US population.  " Concentrations varied inversely with age and with income, and women had higher levels than men.
Elevated urinary levels of bisphenol A (BPA), an additive in plastic and other materials used in food packaging and consumer products and one of the world's most widely used industrial chemicals, significantly raise the chances of also having diabetes or a history of cardiovascular events, according to a study based on the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) .
A one-standard-deviation rise in BPA concentrations was associated with a 63% increased risk of having been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, a 40% greater likelihood of having had a "heart attack," and a 39% increased risk of diabetes, in the cross-sectional analysis adjusted for age, sex, and other risk markers. In the NHANES cohort of more than 1400 patients, the same degree of BPA elevation was also associated with abnormally high liver enzymes.