Garden Grove, CA, May 1st, 2013
Last month, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, to the list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause reproductive toxicity for purposes of Proposition 65.
BPA is a chemical that has been produced in large quantities in recent years for use in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. It has come under scrutiny by health officials and the media in recent years due to concerns about its use in some food and beverage packaging that can leach into the food items. It is also found in some medical devices and water supply pipes.
For most people, the primary source of exposure to BPA is through their diet. Workers who manufacture products that contain BPA can also be exposed.
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, “Bisphenol A can leach into food from the protective internal epoxy resin coatings of canned foods and from consumer products such as polycarbonate tableware, food storage containers, water bottles, and baby bottles. The degree to which BPA leaches from polycarbonate bottles into liquid may depend more on the temperature of the liquid or bottle, than the age of the container. BPA can also be found in breast milk.”
One company that has been helping manufacturers and the public test for BPA is LA Testing. “The CDC recently conducted testing of over 2,500 participants and found BPA in nearly all of the subject’s urine samples,” reported Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Unfortunately, many of us may be exposed to BPA on a regular basis. LA Testing provides advanced analytical testing procedures to detect the presence of BPA to help prevent unnecessary exposure to this potentially dangerous chemical,” he continued.
To learn more about testing for BPA or other health and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.
LA Testing and EMSL Analytical are providers of environmental testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The companies have an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. LA Testing has laboratories throughout California to service commercial clients and government agencies as well as the general public.