School lunches could put children at-risk of BPA exposure

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STANFORD, C.A. (WNCT) – A new study out of Stanford University suggests school meals could put students at risk of developing health issues.

It reports unsafe levels of BPA which can be found stored in cans and plastic bottles.

The chemical can disrupt human hormones and cause reproductive issues.

Researchers say children are most likely to be affected by the consequences of BPA exposure.

Of the different groups of children, the study finds low-income children are most likely impacted. It explains that is because they are more likely to eat meals at school in part because of federally funded meals. Another at-risk group, those who eat more meals than just lunch like those who eat breakfast as well.

The study calls for school systems and parents to contact the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency to fund research for further testing.

The study focused on California schools, but the lead researcher, Jennifer Hartle, told WNCT she talked to national school food providers. She said they are very similar across the country.

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