Chemical link to smaller babies

The latest research salvo on bisphenol A links parents’ exposure at work to smaller babies. Most people are exposed through packaged food and drink

Parents who are exposed at work to controversial plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) tend to have smaller babies, Chinese research suggests.

BPA is a component of polycarbonate plastic and the epoxy lacquers in food can linings. It is suspected of hormone-disrupting effects at doses below the safe level set by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and is linked to cancers, heart disease, impotence and other health effects.

The latest research from China was conducted on children born to 587 families during 2003 to 2008.1 The researchers were based at the Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research and US health insurance giant Kaiser Permanente.

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