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Disposable container users are more likely to be exposed to BPA: report

All Headlines 14:19 December 01, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- People who use disposable food containers frequently are more likely to be exposed to Bisphenol A (BPA) endocrine-disrupting chemicals than those who do not, a report said Friday.

BPA-based plastics are used to make food containers, water bottles, sports equipment, CDs and DVDs.

The survey of 5,402 people conducted by Professor Lee Hye-eun of Kyunghee University showed that males who consumed food from disposable containers at least once a week are 1.48 times more likely to belong to the upper 25 percent of BPA concentration compared with those who do not use disposable containers.

Urine tests of females also found that those who consumed bottled water are 1.45 times more likely to have high levels of BPA compared with those who do not consume bottled water.

The Korea PCBPA Council, however, rebuffed such claims.

"There is no possibility of people being exposed to BPA, as we do not use BPA to make PET bottles," Ryu Myeong-ho of the council said. "Four- to five-liter bottles are made with BPA-based polycarbonate resin. However, the bottles are not exposed to BPA unless being heated."

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