Steven Hentges, Ph.D

About Steven Hentges, Ph.D

Senior Director, Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group | American Chemistry Council
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ADA listens to the science: “BPA in dental sealants safe”

Many of today’s consumer products are safer and more effective, thanks to bisphenol A (BPA). Every day we benefit from clear, shatter-resistant polycarbonate plastic and tough epoxy resins, both made from BPA. From eyeglass lenses to bicycle helmets, and security shields to life-saving medical devices, polycarbonate makes our lives more livable. Almost invisibly, epoxy resin […]

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Finland listens to the science on BPA

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and the National Institute for Health and Welfare recently released a report on exposure of hairdressers to several chemicals, one of which was bisphenol A (BPA). First for the bottom line: “According to the results, hairdressers in Finland are not exposed to…bisphenol A…any more than the rest of the population.” […]

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Is your mustard jar hiding a chemical secret?

From American hotdogs, to Bavarian pretzels, to Swiss sausages, and to Indian roasted fish, mustard is one of the most popular and widely used condiments in the world. But is this beloved condiment hiding a dark secret? The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) recently released a surprising new finding: mild mustard commonly […]

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What Stanford forgot to tell you about BPA

Last week a flurry of news stories reported on a new study of bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods led by a researcher at Stanford University. Based on an analysis of BPA levels in urine and self-reported canned food consumption, the researchers came to the conclusion that “[c]anned food[s] … were associated with higher levels […]

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Listen to the science: BPA is safe

From Proposition 65 to activist reports, recent activities related to epoxy can linings made from BPA have dialed up a flurry of news coverage lately. In response to consumer interest, and as a reaction to pressure from activist groups, some food brands are announcing that they are moving away from these can linings and using […]

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South Korea listens to the science on BPA

Last week the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) published its risk assessment of BPA in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Research.  The MFDS is a government agency that is responsible for promoting public health by ensuring the safety of foods and other products. The details are important, but what everyone wants […]

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Luck of the Irish (and everyone else): New FSAI diet study concludes ‘exposure to BPA is of low concern’

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published the results of its Total Diet Study (TDA), an analysis of 147 foods and beverages representative of the normal Irish diet. And yes, the study did include beer. But beyond those low-carbonated, lukewarm stouts and lagers which famously take […]

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Listen to the science on the safety of BPA in canned foods

For decades, epoxy resins made from BPA have been used safely as a protective coating in food and drink cans. These coatings help to prevent food contamination and foodborne illness, which are very real threats, and epoxy resins are very effective at this important task. Contrary to what you might read in a recent report […]

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Listen to the science from Johns Hopkins University: Decreased risk of BPA to newborns

Parents have been concerned about the potential health effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on their children for years, based in no small part on scary headlines that have been heavily promoted. Surely parents would be interested, even relieved, to know that their concerns are not well founded. Importantly, a new study helps to put concerned […]

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Listening to the Science on BPA in Australia and New Zealand

Consumers can have confidence in the safety of BPA. In recent months, several leading government bodies around the globe have made clear statements in support of the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) as it is used in consumer products. These are not merely opinions, but are sound conclusions backed up by comprehensive reviews of the […]

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