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Another BPA-alternative shows troubling hormone-interfering powers

Another replacement chemical intended to skirt BPA’s hormone-disrupting potential may itself have troubling hormone-disrupting ways, a new study suggests.

Fluorene-9-bisphenol (BHPF), a bisphenol A-alternative used in a wide variety of products, interfered with estrogen signaling in yeast and mouse experiments, researchers reported in Nature Communications. In a yeast assay, BHPF proved capable of blocking estrogen—a female sex hormone involved in reproductive system development and pregnancy. In mice, high doses of the chemical caused pregnant females to have smaller wombs, litters, and pups.

But, like other BPA-alternatives, such as BPS and BPSIP, BHPF shows similar hormone-disrupting potential. And researchers know much less about these alternative chemicals and their potential health effects. Nevertheless, they’re quickly making their way into products. In the new study, researchers found BHPF leaching out of 23 of 52 plastic bottles tested. Those included baby bottles, sippy cups, as well as adult water bottles. When the researchers tested the blood of 100 volunteers, they found the chemical in seven people.

As the authors concluded: "This study raises questions about the safety of BPA substitutes and the current toxicological management of substitutes for hazardous chemicals."

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