BPA Found in 2/3 Of Groceries

It’s no surprise that the highly ubiquitous toxin, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA—is making news for turning up in the majority of groceries, a whopping 2/3, according to the Dallas News.

Specifically, of the 105 items purchased in 10 Dallas-area grocery stores, most contained the toxin and, although food samples were less than levels associated with health disorders, the lead author pointed out that evidence indicates that regulators should reconsider what levels are considered safe, said the Dallas News.

We have long explained that hundreds of studies have linked BPA—a ubiquitous, hormone mimicking plastics chemical—to cardiovascular disease, intestinal problems, brain cell connection interference, increased risks of reproductive and immune system diseases and disorders, problems with liver function testing, interruptions in chemotherapy, premature puberty, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and erectile dysfunction and male sexual problems. BPA is also found in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans and 90 percent of American newborns. A recent study on which we just wrote revealed that human exposure to the ubiquitous estrogenic polycarbonate chemical is significantly higher than previously believed and also originates from a greater array of sources, many of which remain unknown.

“This finding of yet another toxic chemical in our food is of concern because it is one of many which we have reported this year and in previous years in U.S. food,” said Dr. Arnold Schecter, professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas.

The study was published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology, which, said the Dallas News, represents “the first peer-reviewed research into BPA levels in fresh, canned, and plastic-packaged food,” noting that the results from this study are “consistent” with prior, informal studies. Scientists from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, a German laboratory, and the U.S. National Cancer Institute were also involved in the research.

The team researched if BPA entered food from packaging and in what amounts, said the Dallas News, which added that the team, purchased “ canned vegetables, soups, meats and juices; canned infant formula; plastic-packed applesauce and spaghetti and meatballs; fresh turkey breast, chicken, ham, and salmon; and canned and plastic-wrapped dog and cat food.” The team looked not at which had higher BPA levels, but if wider monitoring is called for, said Schecter, wrote the Dallas News.

The team found measurable BPA levels in 63 samples, with the highest levels found in “canned Del Monte fresh-cut green beans” and three types of “Progresso canned soup,” said the Dallas News. Foods such as “fresh ham, sliced chicken breast and salmon,” and some canned products, did not contain detectable BPA, the Dallas News explained.

Of note, there was no major difference in BPA levels between canned and plastic-wrapped foods; tests are ongoing to determine if fresh and unwrapped produce tests with less BPA, said Schecter, reported the Dallas News.

Meanwhile, a recent study, for the first time, linked the controversial polycarbonate plastic with human male sperm quality and found that men testing with high urinary BPA levels might have decreased sperm quality, which could lead to fertility issues. Significantly, prior studies suggesting similar results were conducted on animals; this was the first-of-its-kind conducted on human male sperm.

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