BPA and other endocrine disruptors
Bisphenol A (BPA), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), phthalates, and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals are found in the environment and many products, such as food can liners, plastic products, epoxies, coolants, lubricants, and thermal papers (like many receipt papers).
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals have been implicated in a range of health issues from affecting fertility, complicating menopause, cancer, and obesity. Recent findings that have connected BPAs to fertility and sexual development issues have prompted many countries to ban or restrict the use of BPAs in baby bottles and other products. The Endocrine Society has issued a scientific statement highlighting the concerns that many scientists have about the link between endocrine disruptors and human health.
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