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Research brief: new study offers insights on occupational BPA exposure

In All, Consumer products, Food Products, General, Research Brief by Keri Szejda

A CRIS Bits research brief on the article, “Urinary Bispenal A (BPA) Concentrations among Workers in Industries that Manufacture and Use BPA in the USA” published in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health. Background For most people, exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) is relatively low, and primarily occurs from our diet (BPA is used in the packaging materials of some food and …

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Worried about BPA in canned foods? Unless you’re on a total canned food binge, you’re probably okay

In All, Food Products, General, Guest Article by Michael Holsapple

Guest article by Michael P. Holsapple, Michigan State University Those making the traditional green bean casserole over the holidays might see a label on their can of green beans or mushroom soup that reads, “BPA-free lining.” BPA, or bisphenol A, is an industrial chemical used to make plastics and resins, which are often used in containers that store food and beverages. …

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New study shows “BPA-free” labels may increase risky behavior

In All, General by Andrew Maynard

Products with the label “BPA-free” have become ubiquitous on store shelves in recent years.  It’s a trend that has been driven by consumer concerns that the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, may be harmful at low doses.  Yet a recent study suggests that the label may mislead consumers into thinking that “free” means “safer” — even when there’s a chance that the substances used to substitute for BPA …

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BPA and cash register receipts: should you be worried?

In All, Consumer products, Food Products, General by Andrew Maynard

I’m a bit of a cash register receipt junkie.  I obsessively stuff my wallet with those little slips of thermal paper telling me how much I’ve spent.  And it has to be paper – none of this e-receipt nonsense.  But an article published last week in the journal PLOS One gave me some pause to rethink this habit. Bisphenol-A The paper focused …

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BPA and health risks – what does the latest science show?

In All, Consumer products, Food Products by Andrew Maynard

Should you be worried about being exposed to bisphenol A (BPA)? The European Food and Safety Agency (EFSA) has just released its latest (draft) scientific opinion on the risks to public health related to the presence of BPA in foodstuffs. As it’s over 500 pages long, Risk Bites has summarize the highlights in a rather shorter video! Update: The final EFSA …

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Is it Time for a New Model to Fund Science Research in Higher Education?

In All, General, Guest Article by Guest Author

By guest authors Brian Herman, University of Minnesota and Claudia Neuhauser, University of Minnesota The United States is at a crossroads with respect to many societal issues – think about the challenges of improving human health, eradicating hunger, protecting human rights. At the same time, federal support for higher education research and development – a primary venue to generate innovative new …