Report – Most Canadians have BPA in urine, lead traces in blood

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 28, 2013

The Canadian Press: “A Health Canada study suggests most Canadians have the chemical bisphenol A in their urine and all have traces of lead in their blood. The 2009-2011 report on environmental chemicals shows the plastics ingredient bisphenol A, or BPA, was detected in the urine of 95 per cent of Canadians aged three to 79. Children aged three to five and six to 11 had the highest average concentration of BPA, while adults 60 to 79 had the lowest average level. Current BPA levels do not differ from those found in similar testing in 2007 to 2009, and the health effects of such exposure are unknown.”

“The Second Report on Human Biomonitoring of Environmental Chemicals in Canada, released in April 2013, presents new and updated biomonitoring data on the Canadian population’s exposure to environmental chemicals, collected as part of cycles 1 and 2 of the CHMS. About 55% of the environmental chemicals measured in cycle 2 were not included in cycle 1. Additionally, a 3-5 year old age group was introduced in cycle 2 expanding the total sample population to 3-79 years. Cycle 2 also included an indoor air sampling component for environmental chemicals.

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