Contact: Kathryn St. John
WASHINGTON (Jan. 6, 2014)
- A recent University of Illinois study attempts to study the effects of BPA exposure on the human prostate. The following statement about this study can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council.
"This study has very limited relevance to real-life human exposures to BPA as the levels tested are more than 1,000 times higher than typical human exposures. In addition, the validity of the experimental model studied, which involves grafting 'humanized prostate-like structures' derived from human and rat tissues into mice and treatment with an artificial mixture of hormones, has not been well established.
"The weight of scientific evidence on BPA has been extensively evaluated by government and scientific bodies around the world, which have declared it safe as used in food contact materials. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency has funded recent, robust research conducted by scientists at the government's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration. 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."
Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC
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