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Bisphenol A Officially Declared a Toxic Substance in Canada
Canada became the first country in the world yesterday to declare bisphenol A (BPA) to be a toxic substance that poses risks to human health and the environment. BPA is a synthetic chemical used to make plastic drinking bottles, baby bottles and storage containers as well as the lining of food and drink cans. Currently, it is found in virtually all canned goods and most baby bottles.
BPA is known to mimic estrogen and
otherwise interfere with the
hormonal system, and studies have
linked it to elevated risks of
cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
According to Yale University
researcher Hugh Taylor, BPA can
increase the impact of naturally
occurring estrogens like those found
in soy, increasing a person's risk
of breast cancer and other
conditions. Taylor also said that
BPA can effect “epigenetic changes,"
modifying the way that the body's
genes are expressed in a way that
can be passed on to an exposed
person's children and grandchildren.
Recently the European Food Safety
Authority dismissed scientific
concerns raised recently in scores
of studies, and said that it had
found no scientific evidence that
would lead it to recommend altering
the tolerable daily intake of the
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