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The Confederation for the Environment and Nature Conservation has detected the risky chemical bisphenol A in beverage cans from soft drink manufacturers

The Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND) has detected the risky chemical bisphenol A in beverage cans from soft drink manufacturers. A commissioned laboratory has found between 0.3 and 8.3 micrograms of bisphenol A per can in the epoxy paint on the inside coating of the drink cans.

Bisphenol A is suspected of being harmful to human health and genetic makeup. In addition, bisphenol A is said to impair sex life. According to recent American research, western obesity could also be one of the causes.

According to the BUND, drinking from beverage cans cannot currently lead to acute health hazards for humans, but the pollutant content, viewed in the context, contributes to the overall exposure to humans. Bisphenol A has a similar effect to the female hormone estrogen. Studies have shown that even low doses of bisphenol A in dams lead to organ malformations, impairment of brain development and subsequent damage to fertility, according to the BUND. A connection between cardiovascular diseases and diabetes diseases is also seen in humans. For this reason, the environmental association BUND calls on manufacturers of such soft drinks to immediately stop using bisphenol-A. (sb, 02/27/2010)

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