BPA levels in minority communities

Posted by Robyn, May 16, 2013
nobpaA new study provides deeper insight into how bisphenol A exposures differ among minority populations in New York City. While exposure was widespread, African American women and children had higher levels than Dominicans. Levels also were linked to marital status, season and another group of environmental pollutants — phthalates — highlighting the growing concern of chemical co-exposures. BPA is used in some thermal paper receipts and resins that line food and drink cans.

BPA exposure is widespread and variable in New York City’s inner-city minority populations, according to findings from a large ongoing women and child study at Columbia University. Levels of the common chemical varied in the pregnant women and their children based on race, marital status, age and season of the year.

African American women and their children at ages 3, 5 and 7 had higher mean BPA levels when compared to their Dominican neighbors in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Levels were highest in the 3-year-olds, and children’s concentrations were elevated during the summer months and in children at 5 and 7 years old if their mothers were single. The mothers’ levels during pregnancy were lower than the children’s at all ages.

via BPA levels in minority communities linked to ethnicity, season, chemical exposures. — Environmental Health News.