Jan 27, 2014

New Study Calculates Economic Benefits of Eliminating Bisphenol A (BPA) from all Food and Beverage Containers

A newly published article in Health Affairs by Professor Leonardo Trasande calculates the economic benefits of replacing bisphenol A (BPA) -- a chemical already banned from baby bottles and sippy cups by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -- with a safer substitute in the production of all food and beverage containers.

Putting aside the social costs linked to the presence of BPA in both edible and non-food products, such as elevated obesity and coronary heart disease, the study finds that the economic savings of replacing the chemical with a less-risky substitute would be sizable. It adds that the savings from the move would outweigh the expense.

The article is entitled “Further Limiting Bisphenol A In Food Uses Could Provide Health And Economic Benefits” and appears in the journal's January issue.

Professor Trasande is an associate professor of pediatrics, environmental medicine, and health policy at the NYU School of Medicine  and holds faculty appointments at Wagner as well as the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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