BPA May Have Been Getting a Bad Wrap...
There has been significant concern and uncertainty among consumers and industry professionals surrounding the potential health effects of Bispehnal A (BPA), a chemical compound used in the manufacture of plastics, such as Polycarbonate and thermal papers, and its effects on the mammary gland, reproductive, metabolic, neurobehavioral and immune systems, and has caused companies to consider alternative materials in order to avoid these potential health risks.
A recent study by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) on BPA exposure and toxicity concludes that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. They concluded that exposure from diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI) by a factor of three to five times. As a result, EFSA’s experts have lowered the TDI from 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day to four, and will re-evaluate this guideline when the results of a long-term research buy the US National Toxicology Program are available for evaluation in two-to-three years.
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