Study links BPA to heart disease – very small risk to health
Scientists from the UK have found that people found to have high levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine were more likely to later develop heart disease. The controversial material was banned from use in infant feeding bottles in EU in June last year after months of talks between manufacturers, national governments and experts.
The study was carried out by researchers at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Exeter and the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, in association with the University of Cambridge. The British Heart Foundation, which part-funded the research, said any risk to health from BPA was “very small”. Professor Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We don’t believe there is any cause for the public or heart patients to be concerned by BPA. While this study suggests a possible link between BPA and heart disease, it’s clear that even if there is a link, the risk is very small indeed. The saturated fat, salt and sugar in pre-packaged foods are far more harmful than anything you’ll find in the packaging.” (Packaging News, 24 February 2012).