Study: Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Like Chemicals

Many plastic products are mischaracterized as being EA (estrogenic activity) free if extracted with only one solvent and not exposed to common-use stresses. However, we can identify existing compounds, or have developed, monomers, additives, or processing agents that have no detectable EA and have similar costs. Hence, our data suggest that EA-free plastic products exposed to common-use stresses and extracted by saline and ethanol solvents could be cost-effectively made on a commercial scale and thereby eliminate a potential health risk posed by most currently available plastic products that leach chemicals having EA into food products.

Environmental Health Perspectives has published a complete [March 2011] study here