Bisphenol A hits the headlines

Lab tests have demonstrated that bisphenol A, which is used in plastics production, could be carcinogenic to healthy breast cells from women at high risk of breast cancer. The compound has achieved notoriety as an estrogen mimic and pressure groups have for many years called for it to be banned. The publication of results from workers at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute and the Stanford Genome Technology Center coincides with legislation being considered in California that would place the compound on the Prop 65 list of hazardous chemicals. Senator Fiona Ma has proposed legislation that would ban BPA in products used by children. The press release describing the results suggest that the "findings are significant because BPA is found in many plastic water bottles, in plastic baby bottles, in the lining in food cans, as well as in sealants used by dentists to protect teeth."