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Is BPA, a Chemical Commonly Found in Food Containers, Ruining Your Sex Life?

Erectile dysfunction and ejaculation problems were two side effects in a recent study of men exposed to high levels of bisphenol A, or BPA.

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Last week, Consumers Union, an advocacy organization, reported that its laboratory tests had found BPA in canned food packaged under the brand names Campbell's Condensed, Progresso, Del Monte and Nestle.

The FDA's plans are, as yet, unclear. But other top administration scientists and regulators are zeroing in on BPA. Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has identified BPA as a priority for regulatory action. And Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, has recently committed $30 million in federal stimulus funds to research the many unanswered questions about BPA.

We know this much: With every day that passes, the cases against BPA hardens, like the plastics it makes.

Elaine Shannon is an investigative editor with the Environmental Working Group.

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