But a new study out of Germany has found
that thousands of other potentially harmful chemicals are still
leeching from plastic products into food and beverages, including an
endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) known as
di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate, or DEHF,
that is completely unregulated.
Using an advanced combination of
bioassay work and high-resolution mass spectrometry, the team
identified some 24,520 different chemicals present in the tested
According to reports, DEHF was clearly identified in the tested water as the most consistent and obvious culprit causing anti-estrogenic activity.
Despite trace amounts of
more than 24,000 other potentially damaging chemicals, DEHF stood
out as the only possible EDC capable of inducing this particular
observed activity, a highly concerning observation.
Additionally, the other 24,520 chemical
traces besides DEHF were also identified as exhibiting antagonistic
activity, which means that they, too, are detrimental to the body's
...used in plastic production prove material unsafe
What this suggests is that there is some other chemical, or chemical combination, being leeched into bottled water that is interfering with the body's chemical signaling system, which is, of course, responsible for hormone production and use within the body.
So while these specific findings concerning DEHF are groundbreaking, the overall conclusion to be drawn from this research is that far more study is needed to determine the types of chemicals that are being leeched from plastic into our food and water, not to mention the extent of this leeching.
And since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the rest of the three-letter government agencies will surely never get around to conducting this important research, independent science will simply have to take up the charge.
This type of analysis, he adds,
You can read the full study in "Identification of Putative Steroid Receptor Antagonists in Bottled Water - Combining Bioassays and High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry".