Bisphenol A (BPA) in China: A review of sources, environmental levels, and potential human health impacts

Y. Q. HUANG, C. K. C. WONG, J. S. ZHENG, H. BOUWMAN, R. BARRA, B. WAHLSTRÖM, L. NERETIN, Ming Hung WONG

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Abstract

Bisphenol A (BPA), identified as an endocrine disruptor, is an industrially important chemical that is used as a raw material in the manufacture of many products such as engineering plastics (e.g., epoxy resins/polycarbonate plastics), food cans (i.e., lacquer coatings), and dental composites/sealants. The demand and production capacity of BPA in China have grown rapidly. This trend will lead to much more BPA contamination in the environmental media and in the general population in China. This paper reviews the current literature concerning the pollution status of BPA in China (the mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) and its potential impact on human health. Due to potential human health risks from long-term exposure to BPA, body burden of the contaminant should be monitored. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-99
JournalEnvironment International
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

Citation

Huang, Y. Q., Wong, C. K. C., Zheng, J. S., Bouwman, H., Barra, R., Wahlström, B., . . . Wong, M. H. (2012). Bisphenol A (BPA) in China: A review of sources, environmental levels, and potential human health impacts. Environment International, 42, 91-99. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2011.04.010

Keywords

  • Bisphenol A
  • Endocrine-disruptor
  • Environmental exposure
  • Potential impact
  • China

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