Vandenberg comments in Mother Jones' article warning of chemical leaching in BPA-free plastics

March 6, 2014

Laura Vandenberg, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, is quoted in an article appearing in Mother Jones warning of the risks posed by chemical leaching in BPA-free plastics. Vandenberg says any chemical that causes changes in the body’s endocrine system is potentially dangerous. A recent report found that almost all plastics that were tested leached synthetic estrogens and showed evidence they can affect estrogenic activity. Major concerns have been raised about whether using plastic bottles and other containers for children is dangerous because they contain and leach these chemicals. Vandenberg says even small changes early in life can alter brain and organ development and cause problems later.

Read the Mother Jones article here.