THURSDAY October 30, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- The FDA
said exposure to bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical commonly used in water bottles
and infant formula containers, poses no risk.
But evidence is growing to suggest that BPA is harmful.
BPA is one of endocrine disrupting chemicals. No one can
Because it can disrupt the
normal physiology, it should be no surprise that many diseases or disorders in
the brain, reproductive system and immune system have been found associated
with exposure to the chemical.
Like many toxic chemicals, the dose makes the
The FDA insists that at
current exposure levels, BPA does not pose ANY risk although the agency sounds uncertain
about its own conclusion because it said more research is needed.
A new study led by Yaoi T and colleagues from Kyoto
Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan showed that maternal exposure to
bisphenol A affects two genes on the epigenome in mouse forebrain.
The researchers suggested in their report that
"epigenetic alterations in promoter-associated CGIs after exposure to BPA
may underlie some effects on brain development."
The study titled Genome-wide analysis of epigenomic
alterations in fetal mouse forebrain after exposure to low doses of bisphenol A
appears in the Nov 21, 2008 issue of Biochem Biophys Res Commun.
This is not the only study revealing that exposure to BPA
can affect the brain.
A new report released this week by a subcommittee of the FDA
Science Board said that the agency failed to assess properly the risk of BPA
because it considered only the industry-funded studies that found no
association between exposure to BPA and diseases and excluded those studies
that found the association.
The FDA was cited by news media as saying that the
agency's staff considered only the industry-funded studies because the
industry-sponsored studies were better designed.
The National Toxicology Program, an agency of the
Department of Health and Human Services, has already found early that exposure
to BPA poses a risk to infants and young children.
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