Proposition 65 is expected to come into effect in the near future, which will require all products in California containing the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) to feature a health warning aimed at female buyers. The long-standing argument that BPA has the potential to cause harm to a women’s reproduction system has led to the recommendation by scientists to disclose all such risks publically, though critics argue that doing so will generate widespread panic where no such risks exist.
Debate has raged for years as to the safety or otherwise of BPA, after scientific studies drew links between the presence of the chemical and diminished reproductive health in females. Specifically, when a woman’s eggs were exposed to BPA under laboratory conditions, more eggs showed signs of rapid degeneration and fewer eggs reached maturity.
This led to calls for the immediate ban on all products containing BPA for the good of public health in general, though conflicting evidence and strong industry opposition made it impossible for any outright decision to be reached.
Now, a group of leading scientist has insisted that the time had come for change – California may become one of the first states to make full BPA safety warnings a matter of law.
The Natural Resources Defense Council called the move “an important step forward in protecting public health”, while critics insisted that result of the change in the law will result in nothing but unnecessary panic and absolutely no benefit to public health.