US industry group labels study on BPA ‘misleading’

23 November 2011 23:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The American Chemistry Council (ACC) on Wednesday dismissed a recent Harvard study on bisphenol A (BPA) as misleading.

The study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), found that people who consumed a serving of canned soup each day for five days had a more than 1,000% increase in urinary BPA concentrations compared with people who consumed fresh soup for the same period.

Elevated levels of BPA have been linked to adverse health effects, said Jenny Carwile, the lead author of the study.

The ACC said in a blog post that "Food packaging with BPA epoxy resin linings - including soup cans, the target of the Harvard study - have done well to protect us from dangerous pathogens like E-coli and botulism for decades on end.”

The blog cited a separate study, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that said “BPA is efficiently metabolised and rapidly excreted in urine; it is very unlikely that BPA could cause health effects."

The ACC said: “For the ‘soup study’ participants, BPA was detected exactly where health experts expected to find it - in the subjects’ urine - and at levels well within safe limits.”

For more on BPA visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Bobbie Clark
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