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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 24, 2012) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) offers the following comments regarding a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled: “Bisphenol A Alters Early Oogenesis and Follicle Formation in the Fetal Ovary of the Rhesus Monkey” by Patricia A. Hunt, et. al. Quotes from the following may be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.
“With only two to six monkeys per group, this small scale study is of unclear relevance to humans. Even more importantly, the BPA exposures for monkeys dosed by ingestion were 10,000 times higher than typical human exposures and, in the second test protocol, the monkeys were injected with BPA under the skin, which is of very little relevance to the minute BPA exposures that occur in humans through the diet.
“More relevant to actual, real-world safety is the recent, robust research funded by the EPA and conducted by scientists at the government’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, CDC and FDA. Consistent with previous human and animal studies, the Pacific Northwest study (Teeguarden et al.) indicates that, because of the way BPA is processed in the body, it is very unlikely that BPA could cause health effects at any realistic exposure level. Furthermore, regulators from Europe to Japan to the United States have recently reviewed hundreds of studies on BPA and repeatedly supported the continued safe use of BPA.”
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