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Web Date: March 7, 2011

Most Plastics Release Estrogenic Chemicals

Study finds that even BPA-free products leach potentially problematic compounds
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: bisphenol A, endocrine disrupter, plastics, estrogenic activity, green chemistry

From plastic bags to water bottles, most plastic products—even those that don't contain the estrogen mimic bisphenol A—leach chemicals that trigger a bioassay for estrogenic activity, according to an analysis of more than 450 common plastic products (Environ. Health Perspect., DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1003220). The researchers who carried out the study, which only tested for estrogenic activity and did not identify any specific chemicals, suggest that this ubiquitous estrogenic activity could be eliminated by carefully reformulating . . .

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