LIMITED BPA STUDY MAKES UNSCIENTIFIC LEAP
Study Suggests Bisphenol A Is Linked to Heart Disease; Lacks Sufficient Evidence
January 12, 2010
ARLINGTON, VA (January 12, 2010) —
The American Chemistry Council is aware of a new study on bisphenol A (BPA),
published today in the online journal PlosOne, that purports to link BPA to
cardiovascular disease in adults.
“Studies of this type are very limited in what they tell us about
potential impacts on human health. While they can provide helpful information
on where to focus future research, by themselves they cannot and should not be
used to demonstrate that a particular chemical can cause a particular effect.
The public should be confident that BPA is one of the most studied chemicals.
Regulatory bodies from around the world have recently completed scientific
evaluations and found BPA safe in food-contact products, including canned
foods and beverages,” stated Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the American
Chemistry Council’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.
“The study itself does not establish a cause-and-effect relationship
between BPA exposure and heart disease. In addition, the robustness of these
limited findings is questionable, as fewer than 50 participants self-reported
health conditions without medical confirmation,” Hentges concluded.