Steven Hentges, Ph.D

About Steven Hentges, Ph.D

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

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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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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