14 Mar '12, 1pm

Chemical exposures vary with social disparities. — Environmental Health News

New research by scientists from Boston University finds striking associations between chemical body burdens of two different types of chemicals and socioeconomic status. Poor people – especially young children dependent upon food assistance – were more likely to have higher levels of bisphenol A (BPA) while wealthier people were more likely to have higher levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). If confirmed with additional studies, the results may force re-evaluations of the heavy use of canned food in emergency food programs that address food insecurity in families, or, alternatively, developing replacements for BPA-based can liners. Just last week, Campbell's Soup announced they would be shifting away from the use of BPA in their can linings. In contrast to the food security findings, the scientists found weaker and inconsistent associations between body burden and ed...

Full article: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/201...

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