100% of Europeans likely exposed to unsafe levels of estrogenic BPA says EU

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The European Environmental Agency [EEA] said that 92% of Europeans across eleven different countries tested positive for Bisphenol A [BPA] in their urine. The agency concluded that Europeans are exposed to unsafe levels of the chemical.

From the EEA

The EEA briefing, based on data collected from an EU human biomonitoring study, found that up to 100% of the people taking part from 11 EU countries were likely exposed to the chemical above safe health thresholds. This raises significant health concerns for the wider EU population. The EEA briefing presents the latest information on human exposure to Bisphenol A, taking into account the recently concluded EU-funded human biomonitoring research project (HBM4EU). The briefing also highlights the potential health risks resulting from people exposed to unsafe levels of BPA.

BPA is food in plastics that can be absorbed or ingested into the human body.

Numerous studies have shown that BPA can disrupt hormones, cause adverse health consequences, and have an estrogenic effect inside the body. The scientific community widely agrees that BPA is a hormone disruptor and has an estrogenic effect. The current debate is mainly about how much impact it has.

Potential Mechanisms of Bisphenol A (BPA) Contributing to Human Disease (2020), published in International Journal of Molecular Sciences

The Activity of Bisphenol A Depends on Both the Estrogen Receptor Subtype and the Cell Type (2002), published in Endocrine Journal

Classical and Non-classical Estrogen Receptor Effects of Bisphenol A (2022), published by the Royal Society of Chemistry

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