More than 20% of the global population suffer from food allergy or intolerance. An environmental origin for these adverse food reactions is strongly suspected.
In this context, and for the first time, a team of INRA research scientists in Toulouse has shown that perinatal exposure to low doses of bisphenol A (BPA) – considered to be risk-free in humans – could increase the risk of developing food intolerance in adulthood. These findings support the decision made by the French authorities to ban the use of BPA in containers used for infant foods as early as 2013, and in all food packaging as from 2015.
Sources and more information:
- BPA exposure by infants may increase later risk of food intolerance, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 30-Oct-2014.
- Food intolerance at adulthood after perinatal exposure to the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A, The FASEB Journal, 2014; 28 (11): 4893 DOI: 10.1096/fj.14-255380, July 21, 2014.
- Bisphenol A and food intolerance, a link established for the first time, INRA Press releases 08/04/2014.
- BPA exposure by infants may increase later risk of food intolerance, Clinicalnews, October 30, 2014.