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Limiting Exposure To Harmful Synthetic Chemicals May Be More Difficult Than We Thought

February 27, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study testing the levels of chemical contaminants in the urine of two groups of families, found that exposure to the chemicals may go far beyond what scientists have assumed. Even when participants consumed only organic foods prepared and stored in non-plastic containers, exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates was significant. Previous studies have shown that phthalates and bisphenol A disrupt the endocrine systems of animals and humans and cause other health problems such as hyperactivity, anxiety, and depression in girls. "Current information we give families” – on plastic bottle labels and personal care products – “may not be enough to reduce exposures," said the lead author on the study.
Sheela Sathyanarayana et al., "Unexpected results in a randomized dietary trial to reduce phthalate and bisphenol A exposures", Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, February 27, 2013, © Nature Publishing Group
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