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WASHINGTON (October 15, 2013) – In response to a study presented Monday at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conference in Boston about bisphenol-A (BPA) and miscarriage, the American Chemistry Council released the following statement which can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.
“There is no research that shows women’s exposure to BPA causes miscarriage. A recent flurry of media stories has significantly exaggerated the findings of one small-scale study of 114 women that reported a limited ‘statistical association’ between BPA and risk of miscarriage. The study cannot establish—and does not report—any cause-and-effect finding between BPA and miscarriage.
“The particular study by Dr. Ruth Lathi of Stanford University has not been peer-reviewed or published in the scientific literature and has only been presented at a conference—meaning that other scientists cannot fully review the data. In addition, any further analysis of this Lathi study should include a recent, important expert letter co-authored by authors from CDC and NIEHS, which states: ‘…it is seldom possible to verify that serum concentrations of these compounds [specifically referring to BPA] are valid measures of exposure.’
“It is important to note that the FDA has said that BPA is safe for its approved uses. This small-scale study has not been replicated with other studies and comprehensive multi-generation studies on laboratory animals have found that BPA has no effect on reproduction at any dose remotely close to typical human exposure levels. FDA’s current perspective is based on its review of hundreds of studies, as well as its comprehensive research on BPA.”
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