Cap's Off of Plastic Chemical Concerns
Government Scientists Voice Concern About Bisphenol A, but Stop Short of Making Recommendations
In a statement emailed to WebMD, the American Chemistry Council says the
NTP's draft brief "confirms that human exposure to bisphenol A is extremely
low and noted no direct evidence in humans that exposure to bisphenol A
adversely affects reproduction or development."
Limited evidence for effects in lab animals "primarily highlights
opportunities for additional research to better understand whether these
findings are of any significance to human health," states the council.
"The findings in NTP's draft report provide reassurance that consumers
can continue to use products made from bisphenol A," says Steven Hentges,
PhD, of the American Chemistry Council's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.
"Importantly, this conclusion has been affirmed by scientific and
government bodies worldwide."
Tips for Limiting Exposure to BPA
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, which includes the
NTP, has posted the following tips on its web site for people who want to limit
their exposure to bisphenol A:
- Don't microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers. Polycarbonate is
strong and durable, but over time it may break down from overuse at high
- Polycarbonate containers that contain BPA usually have a #7 on the
- Reduce your use of canned foods.
- When possible, opt for glass, porcelain, or stainless steel containers,
particularly for hot foods or liquids.
- Use baby bottles that are