Top Scientist Wants More Tests Done on BPA


bpaWe’ve written a lot about BPA here on Strollerderby, and I mean a lot.  So much so that I think it’s time for me personally and maybe for some of you to really examine how much BPA is present in our lives and the effect that it’s having on people.  Especially since top scientists all around the world are sounding the alarm about the chemical at an alarming rate.

The most recent scientist to speak out against BPA, Exeter University Professor David Melzer, is urging manufacturers to cut down on BPA in food packaging and containers and believes the chemical “should be put through the same rigorous safety trials as new drugs,” according to The Daily Mail.  During a recent press conference at the Royal Institution in London, Melzer told reporters, “I think small effects for large numbers of people matter and it’s reasonable that a tiny proportion of the costs of BPA should be put to human drug trial-type assessments to settle once and for all whether this compound is bio-active in humans.”

While the official effect BPA has on humans is unclear, the man-made chemical has been linked to asthma, heart disease, liver damage, obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, fertility problems and birth defects.  The Daily Mail says, “Because the chemical mimics the female sex hormone estrogen, many scientists believe it interferes with the way hormones are processed by the body.”  In fact, “a study by Professor Melzer, an epidemiologist, found changes in sex hormones associated with exposure to BPA in men.”  BPA can be found in products used on a daily basis, like baby bottles, CD cases, plastic knives and forks, the lining of food and drink cans – and yes, in your child’s dental sealants.  (Okay, some parents have iPods.  Don’t judge my Sony Discman, man!  It’s BPA free!  Or is it?…)

The Daily Mail says, “Experts estimate that BPA is detectable in more than 90 per cent of people.”  Many European countries as well as Canada have banned the chemical in children’s products.  The CA senate recently voted against banning BPA, but other states, including Minnesota, Maryland and New York have banned the use of BPA in at least some products intended for use by children.

KJ pointed out back in July that it’s a lot harder to avoid BPA than one would think, especially since it’s found even in restaurant receipts.  Sierra mentioned in her most recent piece that the there is a strong lobby telling the government BPA should be allowed for use in products until it’s been proven harmful, but how much more proof do we need?  And how can that proof ever come if the studies Dr. Melzer is advocating for aren’t funded?  Definitely lots of (potentially tainted) food for thought here.

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