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Am J Public Health. 2009 Nov;99 Suppl 3:S559-66. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.159228.

The politics of plastics: the making and unmaking of bisphenol a "safety".

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Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA. svogel@jffnd.org

Abstract

Bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used in the production of plastics since the 1950s and a known endocrine disruptor, is a ubiquitous component of the material environment and human body. New research on very-low-dose exposure to BPA suggests an association with adverse health effects, including breast and prostate cancer, obesity, neurobehavioral problems, and reproductive abnormalities. These findings challenge the long-standing scientific and legal presumption of BPA's safety. The history of how BPA's safety was defined and defended provides critical insight into the questions now facing lawmakers and regulators: is BPA safe, and if not, what steps must be taken to protect the public's health? Answers to both questions involve reforms in chemical policy, with implications beyond BPA.

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19890158
PMCID:
PMC2774166
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2008.159228
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