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"Is BPA linked with increased risk of miscarriage?"

On 14th October 2013 the Independent, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail reported a study which linked the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) with increased risk of miscarriage, and advised pregnant women to avoid tinned foods.

Professor Alan Boobis, toxicologist at Imperial College London put the study in context:

"The findings reported at this year's American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conference in Boston on the effects of exposure to bisphenol A on the risk of miscarriage have yet to be published in a peer reviewed journal. It is therefore very difficult to judge this study. One would wish to consider issues such as the statistical analysis and exposure assessment, particularly systemic exposure to free bisphenol A. Given the implications in following the proposed advice to pregnant women, both practically and socioeconomically, there needs to be a secure basis for such recommendations.  The current body of evidence is insufficient to justify following the advice of the authors."

Document type: For The Record

Published: 14 October 2013

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