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BPA is safe as used according to FDA, and other government bodies around the world

WASHINGTON (Feb. 1, 2016) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) offers the following comments regarding a study released from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, which claims: "'BPA-free' plastic accelerates embryonic development, disrupts reproductive system. UCLA research suggests common substitute for BPA is not safer." The study is published in today's edition of the journal Endocrinology. Quotes from the following may be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACC's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.

"The relevance for human health of this limited study on zebrafish is unclear. The findings of the study do not demonstrate that low levels of BPA have any effects on human health, as suggested by the authors.

"The study examines effects of BPA and one alternative on zebrafish embryos in water. In contrast, we know humans are exposed to only trace levels of BPA through the diet. It is well established through extensive scientific research that humans, including pregnant women, efficiently convert BPA to a substance with no known biological activity and quickly eliminate it from the body.

"Many government bodies around the world have evaluated the scientific evidence on BPA and have clearly stated that BPA is safe for use. For example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded recently to the question, ' Is BPA safe? ' with one unambiguous word: 'Yes.' Supporting this clear conclusion is one of the largest studies ever conducted on BPA, which was published by FDA researchers early in 2014 and is directly relevant to human health. In comparison, the results of this new study on zebrafish provide little or no meaningful information to assess the safety of BPA."

Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC | Facts About BPA

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