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BPABispherol-A. An industrial chemical that is used in polycarbonate types of hard plastic bottles, and as a protective lining in food and beverage cans. A possible link between BPA exposure and altered toddler behaviour, miscarriage, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction led to its being banned in Canada, the EU, China, 5 other countries and 11 US states; however, the FDA did not ban it, citing lack of data.
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bisphenol A(bĭs-fēn′ŏl) [L. bis, twice + ″],
A chemical used in many consumer products to increase their durability and toughness. Its chemical formula is 2,2–bis (4,4′-hydroxyphenyl) propane. It is used principally in manufacturing polycarbonates and epoxy resins. It has estrogen-like effects in animal tissue. Some studies have suggested that BPA has negative hormonal effects on adults and the developing fetus.
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