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Bisphenol A in receipt paper – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 23rd, 2014.

A study published today in the journal PLOS One suggests that people who frequently handle thermal cash register paper are exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat till receipts. Researchers from the University of Missouri and the Universite de Toulouse set up an experiment where 10 individuals used hand sanitiser, touched a […]

BPA, brain and behaviour – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 28th, 2013.

A study published this week in the journal PNAS finds that mice exposed to prenatal BPA exhibit changes in brain gene expression and increase in anxiety related behaviours. The study claims that the mice were given a dose of BPA that is comparable to human exposure. BPA is found in many plastics including bottles and […]

European ban on bisphenol A in baby bottles — expert reaction

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 29th, 2010.

The European Commission decided last week to bar use of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles. This follows a similar ban in Canada in 2008, and restrictions imposed in Denmark, France and some US states. The New Zealand Food Safety Authority’s most recent statement and backgrounder on BPA state that they are following […]

Newsletter Digest: COP15 kicks off, Bisphenol-A ban urged

Peter Griffin posted in on December 4th, 2009.

COP 15: Is a deal on the cards? The Copenhagen climate conference kicks off over the weekend and while there won’t be many (if any) New Zealand scientists attending, the New Zealand media will be well-represented (six journalists will be on the ground covering it) and the conference has high-level political buy-in with the Prime […]

Experts react to call for ban on bisphenol-A (BPA)

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 4th, 2009.

BPA is a chemical widely-used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics, epoxy resins inside food and beverage cans, and other household and consumer goods. A growing movement to ban its use — due to health concerns — has been gaining traction internationally, especially in Canada and the EU. In the US, the FDA has called […]

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