Irina Gyllenhammar, National Food Administration. Photo Gustaf Klarin/SR. 24 January 2014

No Bisphenol A danger for mothers

Researchers, led by Irina Gyllenhammar, at Sweden's National Food Administration have concluded that the chemical Bisphenol A is found in very low levels in new mothers, and in the majority of test subjects it was not found at all.

The study took blood samples from women three weeks after giving birth and were collected between 1996-2011. They found no levels above the limit of two nanograms per milligram. The cause of previously thought to be high levels of Bisphenol A in the blood is possibly the ease with which blood samples can be contaminated by the instruments used for the testing.

Previously, Bisphenol A was thought to dangerously disturb human hormones, especially regarding reproduction. It has may also lead to weight gains. It has been banned in baby bottles and food containers and receipts have also been found to contain the chemical. There was a controversy last October when Bisphenol A was found in the drinking water of around 3,000 apartments in Sweden.

Irina Gyllenhammar says that, "the results clearly show that the Bisphenol A we are exposed to in our everyday lives disappears from our bodies via urine."

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