New Study Links BPA Exposures during Pregnancy and Behavior Problems
EMSL Analytical provides bisphenol A (BPA) testing services to determine if the chemical is present in plastics, foods and environmental samples.
Cinnaminson, NJ, October 25th, 2011
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Harvard School of Public Health recently released findings of a new study concerning human exposure to BPA. The researchers measured BPA levels in the urine of 244 pregnant women and from their children after birth.
The research appears to indicate a link between high BPA levels and behavioral problems in young girls. Pregnant women with high BPA levels tended to have 3 year old girls with an increased risk of depressed behavior and poorer emotional control and inhibition. For reasons that are not completely understood, the same link was not witnessed in young boys.
BPA has been in the news often during the past several years. The chemical, bisphenol A, is used to manufacture polycarbonate plastics. According to the CDC, “This type of plastic is used to make some types of beverage containers, compact disks, plastic dinnerware, impact-resistant safety equipment, automobile parts, and toys. BPA epoxy resins are used in the protective linings of food cans, in dental sealants, and in other products.”
The chemical is a known endocrine disruptor and low amounts may mimic a person’s own hormones. Just last year, the Canadian government classified bisphenol A as a toxic substance. The material can even be found in some children’s toys in addition to their food and drink containers.
EMSL Analytical, a leading provider of consumer product testing services, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on testing products and environmental samples for BPA. “General exposure to BPA at low levels typically comes from eating food or drinking water stored in containers that have BPA. Small children, who are likely more sensitive to BPA exposure, may also come in contact via hand-to-mouth and direct oral contact with materials containing BPA,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical. “Fortunately more manufacturers are labeling their products that do not contain BPA as being BPA Free. EMSL can help industry, the public, and governmental health agencies in their efforts to identify the chemical in products and environmental samples,” he continued.
To learn more about BPA or consumer product testing services please visit www.ConsumerProductTesting.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800)220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
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