A new study in Canada has the web abuzz about BPA and it's refueled efforts for our northern neighbors to ban BPA. The survey, released yesterday, found detectable levels of BPA in 91 percent of Canadians.
The study, conducted by Statistics Canada was based on urine samples collected from more than 5,400 people aged six to 79. This is the largest such BPA testing done thus far in the world. According to researchers, this study suggests there is “continual widespread exposure in the Canadian population” to BPA.
Perhaps the most disturbing finding from the Canadian study is that teens are bearing the brunt of the BPA burden. According to the national survey, teenagers carry roughly 30 percent more BPA in their bodies than the rest of the population.
The average level of BPA was just over one part per billion, an exceedingly small amount, but still a thousand times higher than natural levels of estrogen found in the body.
Two years ago, Canada was the first country in the world to propose declaring it a toxic substance, although it has yet to do so. The recently released survey has reignited efforts to regulate BPA.