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The Standard – August 2011

Bisphenol A Under Increased Scrutiny for Health Effects

Both the EPA and the FDA have mentioned bisphenol A as a compound of interest. The EPA has placed BPA on a list of chemicals slated for possible regulation, and the FDA has called for more research to determine what health risks BPA may pose. Both agencies are concerned about the potential effects of the ubiquitous chemical, with the EPA concerned about bisphenol A levels in water and the FDA investigating levels in humans.

The EPA will be investigating bisphenol A concentrations in drinking water as well as groundwater, with measurements taken to determine the fate of the millions of pounds of bisphenol A released into the environment every year. The EPA notes that bisphenol A has been shown to be a toxicant in animal studies, and concerns arise with regards to the levels found in the environment as well as in human models.

The FDA will be monitoring bisphenol A levels in humans more closely as efforts to curb the levels of BPA used in industrial and commercial applications are applied. Programs in place to lower infant exposure to bisphenol A will be observed for effectiveness in lowering overall levels; regulation of production of bisphenol A may be forthcoming if levels cannot be lowered through nonregulatory means.

Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Inc. produces a wide variety of bisphenol A standards and related compounds. 13C-labeled and deuterium-labeled standards, as well as unlabeled standards, are available, with quantitative solutions offered for precise analysis of bisphenol A levels. For analysts interested in compounds related to bisphenol A, we offer the common flame retardants tetrabromobisphenol A and tetrachlorobisphenol A in labeled and unlabeled form. 

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