In response to a new scientific study on the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) on thyroid function, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) published a statement saying that BPA is safe for use in food contact materials. The new BPA study, which was published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives had found an association between maternal BPA exposure and the thyroid function of male newborns (also see FPF news article) (Chevrier et al. 2012). Steve Hentges, speaker of the ACC, said that the findings were not supported by the data. As the authors had outlined in their study, while thyroid hormone levels in children with higher maternal exposure were lower than in those that had been less exposed in utero, they remained within the range deemed normal.
Chevrier, J., R. B. et al. (2013). "Maternal Urinary Bisphenol A during Pregnancy and Maternal and Neonatal Thyroid Function in the CHAMACOS Study." Environ Health Perspect 121, 138-144.
St. John, K. (October 4, 2012) BPA Study on Thyroid Function of Limited Relevance to Human Health. Web site of the American Chemistry Council. Retrieved January 22, 2013.