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Authors Note: "Further Work Is Warranted"
WASHINGTON (July 30, 2013)
The following statement can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council, in response to a study from Brigham and Women's Hospital on BPA exposure and human egg maturation. The study will be published online on July 31, 2013 in the journal
"As noted by the authors of this study on human egg cells, their 'preliminary observations' might provide some insight into a 'possible effect' of BPA in humans, however 'further work is warranted.' At best this preliminary study on a cell culture is suitable to formulate a hypothesis for further testing, but the study is incapable of identifying health risks in people.
"In addition to the cautions expressed by the authors, the study is of questionable physiological relevance since the BPA concentrations showing effects are vastly higher than the concentration of BPA that could be present in the human body.
"The potential effect of exposure to BPA on fertility has been carefully examined in a series of comprehensive reproductive toxicity studies in multiple species and strains of laboratory animals. These studies, published in peer-reviewed scientific literature and reviewed by regulatory authorities worldwide, consistently have concluded that BPA does not affect fertility or other reproductive parameter at any dose even remotely close to human exposure levels. Based on the weight of scientific evidence, regulators have concluded that BPA is not a reproductive toxicant.
"The study does not take into account years of research and extensive data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which show that typical human exposure to BPA from all sources, including food-contact sources, is approximately 1,000 times below the safe intake level established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also weighed on BPA safety, stating its "
current assessment is that BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods
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