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Bisphenol A Myths

Because it has been used to make products for more than 50 years, bisphenol A has been the subject of extensive scientific study and evaluation. However, certain allegations about bisphenol A (BPA) that lack a sound scientific basis continue to be made in the media. Click the links below to see more information on 9 common myths about BPA.

Myth: Bisphenol A causes cancer.

Reality: Based on sound, robust scientific evidence, some government bodies around the world have concluded that bisphenol A is not carcinogenic in humans.
Myth: Bisphenol A accumulates in the human body.

Reality: Several studies on human volunteers have shown that the very small amount of bisphenol A that may be ingested by a person during normal daily activities is efficiently converted to biologically inactive metabolites, which was eliminated from the human body within 24 hours.
Myth: A harmful amount of bisphenol A gets into your food from storage in polycarbonate food containers.

Reality: Many studies have measured the amount of bisphenol A that can migrate in tiny amounts into foods and beverages from polycarbonate containers. The measured amounts are minute, and well below safety standards set by government regulatory agencies around the world.
Myth: Bisphenol A exposure from sales receipts can pose health risks.

Reality: Some receipts made from thermal paper can contain low levels of bisphenol A. However, available data suggests that BPA is not readily absorbed through the skin.
Myth: Hundreds of studies have linked bisphenol A to a large number of serious diseases.

Reality: Bisphenol A has been safely used for decades, and it has been the subject of many scientific studies. Research is ongoing. The weight of scientific evidence clearly supports the safety of BPA and provides strong reassurance that there is no basis for human health concerns from exposure to low doses of BPA.
Myth: Government agencies rely on industry-funded studies and ignore other science.

Reality: Bisphenol A is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals in commerce today. Bisphenol A has been safely used for decades, and it has been the subject of many scientific studies by researchers around the world. Extensive scientific studies have shown that BPA is quickly metabolized and excreted and does not accumulate in the body.
Myth: Government regulators are heavily influenced by industry lobbyists.

Reality: Government regulators have legal and policy requirements that govern how they regulate on matters of public health and the safety of consumer products. Government regulators are obligated to follow the science in determining whether a substance is safe for human consumption, including decisions on bisphenol A.
Myth: Government regulators routinely defer to industry officials and delay regulatory action to restrict bisphenol A at the request of industry.

Reality: Agencies apply their established review rules to the regulatory process, and that includes having staff review data from all stakeholders. In the world of product regulation, the makers of the products understandably have large amounts of information about their products, including scientific data on bisphenol A.
Myth: An increasing number of state lawmakers believe bisphenol A is a risk; the federal government has not been upfront about the dangers.

Reality: Legislatures in some states and localities have pursued restrictions on bisphenol A. Legislatures are not scientific bodies, however, nor are they the regulatory review agencies charged with reviewing and understanding the scientific database on bisphenol A. Legislators in California, Maryland and Minnesota have defeated bills to ban products containing BPA, based in part on input from the federal government.