In its February 2014 issue, the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Research presents the findings of a new study on phenolic compound exposure in pregnant women (Mortensen el al. 2014). The researchers from the U.S. National Center for Environmental Health measured levels of bisphenol A (BPA), triclosan, benzophenone-3 (BP-3), methyl and propyl parabens (MP and PP), which are all used in food contact materials, as well as a variety of other phenolic compounds in 506 pregnant U.S. American women. Mortensen and colleagues found overall phenolic exposure to be ubiquitous, but hypothesize that the specific phenol exposure may depend on ethnic group affiliation. In its new report, the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) reports on the findings in detail. The study uses data from the pilot U.S. National Children’s Study (NCS) Vanguard Study, which is to investigate long term effects of prenatal and early chemical exposures.