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Assessing Risks from Bisphenol-A

Evaluating human health risks from endocrine disruptors such as BPA is difficult, but animal studies suggest trouble is afoot

Heather Patisaul

Figure 1. A factory worker lifts a water containerClick to Enlarge ImageBisphenol A, a compound used to make clear, hard plastic and many other products, leaches from food containers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research shows that nearly every American has traces of the endocrine disruptor in their bodies. Studies in laboratory animals show the compound, abundant in developed countries worldwide, can disrupt the normal development and performance of reproductive systems. But U.S. regulators do not agree on its dangers to people. It is time to overcome challenges to assessing health risks from BPA and the multitude of hormone mimics used in manufacturing today.


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