Environment & Energy

Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Potential Risks of BPA Substitutes

Sept. 20, 2017, 10:13 PM; Updated: Sept. 25, 2017, 7:55 PM

Long-term exposure to a variety of bisphenols, including those that may be used as substitutes, could cause hormonal imbalances and related illnesses in humans, Sweden’s Chemical Agency said.

Commonly used in the manufacture of plastics and epoxy, bisphenol A (BPA) has been shown to damage hormones and reproductive capacity in some humans who are subjected to long-term exposure, though the level of exposure required to cause harm is disputed.

While the use of BPA is currently permitted in Sweden and the rest of the European Union, the substance is being restricted gradually across the bloc. Sweden has been active in...

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