The National Toxicology Program, a federal research program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health, has just released a report about possible risks to human reproduction or development as a result of chronic exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a commonly used chemical in household plastics.
The report is full of ambiguities. Here’s what the Director of NTP Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR), Dr. Michael Shelby issued to the press:
“Unfortunately, it is very difficult to offer advice on how the public should respond to this information. More research is clearly needed to understand exactly how these findings relate to human health and development, but at this point we can’t dismiss the possibility that the effects we’re seeing in animals may occur in humans. If parents are concerned, they can make the personal choice to reduce exposures of their infants and children to BPA.”