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Bisphenol A and Endocrine Disruptors – A Global Threat?

How much do we really know about the chemicals we are exposed to in food packaging, and might there be an association with hormone disruption, fertility issues and cancer?

Bisphenol A ("BPA") is back in the news, after a "Toxic BPA" report produced by the Breast Cancer Fund and other organisations found that 129 of 192 food cans tested contained "BPA-based epoxy in the body and/or the lid".

A 2011 study found that BPA migrated into water stored in polycarbonate plastic bottles and in the same year the EU banned BPA from plastic infant feeding bottles. In 2015 France went further and banned the import and marketing of BPA-based food contact materials, although paradoxically the production and export is permitted following a Constitutional Council decision in September 2015.

What is the concern about BPA, what steps will be taken in the future, and what is the likelihood of successful product liability/illness claims?

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