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Date:6/10/2009

The following is a statement from the American Chemistry Council regarding papers presented at the Endocrine Society 2009 annual meeting including: "Bisphenol-A Exposure In Utero Leads to Epigenetic Changes and Altered Developmental Programming," Hugh Taylor, MD; "Low-Dose Bisphenol A Promotes Arrhythmogenesis in the Female Heart Via Alteration of Calcium Handling," Scott M. Belcher, PhD; and "Oral Exposure of Female Rhesus Monkeys...," Frederick vom Saal, PhD. The statement can be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, PhD:

ARLINGTON, Va., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its member companies have long-supported research and data collection that advance scientific understanding about chemicals. To best promote public health that research and data should be transparent, meaningful and subjected to peer review.

"These brief presentations on unpublished research are difficult to assess for significance to human health, since they have not been peer-reviewed or published in scientific literature and few details are available in conference abstracts. Bypassing the scientific process in favor of sensational press releases is a scare tactic that will not promote public health.

"It is disappointing to see that some researchers continue to inject animals with bisphenol A since this experimental technique has recently been acknowledged by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to have very limited value for assessing human health effects. In addition, studies on cell cultures are unlikely to be directly relevant to human health and, unless and until such relevance is scientifically validated, should not be presented as evidence of health risks.

"Most notably though, the study presented on rhesus monkeys appears to confirm that bisphenol A is efficiently converted after oral exposure to biologically inactive metabolites, which are then rapidl
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