|[January 28, 2014]
Study by Swedish Researchers Confirms No BPA Found in Human Blood
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
A new study published in Environment International by researchers
in Sweden confirms previous reports that bisphenol A (BPA) in human
blood is below the levels that can be detected. In addition to
confirming results from earlier studies that found BPA in human blood at
non-detectable levels, the new Swedish study went a step further. The
study also demonstrated the level of effort required to avoid
contamination and suggested that early studies showing BPA in blood
samples were almost certainly overstated due to sample contamination.
"It's been well documented that BPA is very quickly metabolized and
removed from the body, which is why previous results showing high levels
of BPA in human blood samples were difficult to understand," said Dr.
John M. Rost, NAMPA Chairman. "The Swedish study, along with other
recently published studies (Teagarden, et al.), confirms that BPA
is not in blood and explains how it could have been found in early
studies. Specifically, the Swedish study has validated the fact that
sample contamination is extremely difficult to remove and any study that
does not take this into consideration needs to be scrutinized for its
ability to produce valid results."
Dr. Rost noted that these results provide further scientific evidence to
support the positions taken by regulatory bodies around the globe, which
repeatedly have concluded that current uses of BPA in food conact
applications are safe. Those regulatory bodies include:
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): January 2014
-- "…the oral exposure in all age groups (including all infants and
toddler groups) was more than 5-fold below the proposed t-TDI (News - Alert),
indicating no health concern from oral exposure…," http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/consultations/call/140117.pdf.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): March 2013 -- "FDA's
current assessment is that BPA is safe at the very low levels that
occur in some foods," http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm064437.htm.
Health Canada: September 2012 -- "…based on the overall
weight of evidence, the findings of the previous assessment remain
unchanged and Health Canada's Food Directorate continues to conclude
that current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is
not expected to pose a health risk to the general population,
including newborns and young children," http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/packag-emball/bpa/bpa_hra-ers-2012-09-eng.php.
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