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BPA Linked to Autism – Even at Low Doses

A new study published in Neuroendocrinology, a peer-reviewed journal, measures the impact of low doses of Bisphenol-A, better known as BPA. The study will be devastating for the chemical industry which has long defended the use of BPA in plastics and many other products. It should also be an embarrassment for the FDA which has played along for far too long.

This new study can be read in its entirety on the following link: (http://www.nsfepigenetics.com/sites/nsfepigenetics.com/files/nsfepigenet...)

It was covered in an Op Ed piece in the Sunday New York Times on August 25th:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/opinion/sunday/kristof-big-chem-big-ha....

The bottom line is that people and organizations like Plastic Free Ocean which have been fighting to end the use of BPA in consumer products have been right from the beginning.

In addition its extremely dangerous xenoestrogenic activity in the environment discussed in earlier PFO stories, many studies have linked BPA to breast and prostate cancer, and diabetes as well as to hyperactivity, aggression and depression in children. This new study gives clear evidence that BPA’s effects can be transgenerational, and that the dysfunction and behaviors associated with autism can be directly linked to BPA exposure.

Fortunately, some manufacturers and food packagers are seeing the writing on the wall and beginning to take action to eliminate BPA. Japanese and European companies are far ahead in this area. It takes some research to find out which companies are still using BPA, but the most recent large, independent study showed that the following companies were still resisting change: Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Chiquita, Dean Foods, Del Monte, General Mills, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Kellogg, Kraft, McCormick, PepsiCo, Sara Lee, Sysco, Hormel, and Unilever.

Your calls, emails and letters to these companies citing this new study WILL make a difference. Note that the plastic lining in food and beverage cans, much more so than bottles, is the biggest problem. This is another major reason to be eating fresh food and staying away from the canned food aisles.