OAKLAND, Calif. (WTAJ) — The Center for Environmental Health has sent legal notices to 11 brands making sports bras and sports shirts after a study found they had high levels of bisphenol A ( BPA) based on California standards.
The California-based monitoring group found that clothing contained up to 22 times the safe limit of BPA, the chemical used to make plastic for food packaging, baby bottles and other goods.
The group described BPA as “a well-studied hormone-disrupting chemical”.
The following brand names are subject to legal notices:
- The north face
- All in motion
- The north face
- New balance
“People are exposed to BPA by ingestion (for example, by eating food or drinking water from containers that have leached BPA) or by absorption through the skin (for example, by handling receipt paper ),” said Kaya Allan Sugerman, director of the Illegal Toxic Threats program at CEH. . “Studies have shown that BPA can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream after handling receipt paper for a few seconds or minutes at a time. Sports bras and sports shirts are worn for hours on end, and you’re supposed to sweat in them, so it’s concerning to find such high levels of BPA in our clothes.
To date, the CEH has reported that its investigations have found BPA in clothing made from polyester with spandex, including socks made for infants. Over the past year, the CEH added that it has pushed more than 90 companies to reformulate their products to remove all bisphenols, including BPA.
“The problem with BPA is that it can mimic hormones like estrogen and block other hormone receptors, altering the concentration of hormones in our bodies and causing negative health effects,” said the scientific director of the CEH, Dr. Jimena Díaz Leiva. “Even low levels of exposure during pregnancy have been associated with a variety of health problems in offspring. These problems include abnormal development of the mammary glands and ovaries which can increase the likelihood of developing breast or ovarian cancer later in life. These effects occur even at low levels of exposure like those seen in people today.
The 11 apparel brands will have 60 days to work with CEH to resolve the violations before CEH files a lawsuit to do so.
CEH seeks to protect people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, consumers, workers, government and private sectors to demand and support business practices that are safe for public health and the environment.
For more information about CEH, visit its website at ceh.org.