Steven Hentges, Ph.D

About Steven Hentges, Ph.D

Senior Director, Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group | American Chemistry Council
Author Archive: Steven Hentges, Ph.D

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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Germany’s experts listen to the science and endorse EFSA’s recent conclusion on BPA safety

“No health risk for consumers from Bisphenol A exposure,” reads the headline on a recent announcement. That headline says it all as German scientific experts listened to the science and endorsed the recent conclusions of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), which made the recent announcement, identifies its [...]

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California sunshine heating up the activists on BPA

Pulling out all the stops, the anti-BPA activists are hot under the collar to do something, anything to keep BPA-health scares in the Hollywood spotlight.  So, consistent with and possibly prodded by the activists’ agenda, once again OEHHA is operating out-of-sync with the scientific consensus of the U.S. federal government regulators at FDA and other government agencies [...]

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How many beagles does it take to prove BPA is safe?

It’s time to call off the dogs, says the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ recently highlighted announcements from important scientific and regulatory bodies in Europe and the United States that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in consumer products for people of all ages, including unborn children and infants. The Journal also criticized the [...]

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‘No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure,’ says EFSA following comprehensive review

After a comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity, an expert panel at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that “BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels.” Although some news outlets continue to cover individual small-scale studies [...]

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FDA releases new science supporting BPA safety

FDA Science on BPA The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released extensive new documentation that further supports and substantiates the agency’s assessment that BPA is safe.  The FDA is the government agency whose scientists are in charge of assessing the safety of BPA in food contact materials such as polycarbonate plastic and epoxy [...]

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Enjoy your French fries and ignore the hype about BPA

This week, yet another new bisphenol A (BPA) study hit the news after being announced with a sensationalistic press release. The study appears to have been designed not to benefit public health, but to create drama. The study, from Frederick vom Saal and co-workers at the University of Missouri, examined potential exposure to BPA from [...]

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Significant new research shows BPA exposure too low to cause health effects

New research studies conducted by a toxicologist at a Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference show that “human exposure is likely to be too low for estrogenic effects” from typical daily exposure [...]

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