Friday, June 1, 2018
UL Prospector Knowledge Center

No doubt you’ve heard about bisphenol A (BPA), the key raw material used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. BPA has been mentioned in media reports for years and you may have had questions from your customers or colleagues wondering if materials made with BPA are safe. You may have even considered alternatives, just to avoid the BPA controversy. Before going any further down that path, it’s time to step back and consider what we now know about the safety of BPA. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

We are constantly being asked to decide which side to believe in roiling controversies about health and the environment, which attract enormous public interest but often yield little in the way of resolution. Recent/current examples include: BPA, the herbicide glyphosate, GMOs, coffee, alcohol, e-cigarettes, and what constitutes a healthy diet… As an example of how to decide what to believe on a contentious question, Gawande took the case of BPA and used the discussion of the chemical in my book Getting Risk Right. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Environmental Factor

A panel of external scientific experts reviewed the findings of the CLARITY-BPA Core Study April 26 at NIEHS and agreed that for this first of the two CLARITY-BPA components, there were minimal toxic effects of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure in rats for the range of doses studied.

Monday, March 26, 2018
Science 2.0

A few weeks ago the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) released the results of the largest study ever conducted on bisphenol A (BPA).  The CLARITY Core study was conducted by senior scientists with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in their own laboratory in Arkansas known as the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Dr. Joe Show is a radio show broadcast on CJAD 800 AM in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Host Joseph Schwarz, Ph.D., director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society, focuses on “debunking myths and answering questions about the science of everyday life.” In this segment, he and Steve Hentges, Ph.D., discuss the history and uses of BPA, the data from the recent CLARITY Core Study, and the importance of looking at all the parts of a study, especially exposure. 

Monday, March 12, 2018
Vital Updates

Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, has often been considered a harmful substance found in plastics and resins by the general public. The Food and Drug Administration released a statement about its ongoing research about the harmful effects of BPA.