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Study: Chemical in Food Containers May Cause Pregnancy Problems

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New research suggests that high levels of bisphenol-A, more commonly known as BPA, a chemical found in many plastics and canned food linings, may increase a woman's risk of miscarriage.

Tests have shown that most people have BPA in their systems even though it has been removed from baby bottles and many reusable drink containers.

The study, which was to be presented on Monday at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, found that women who are prone to miscarriages or who have trouble getting pregnant may find those issues made worse by having BPA in their systems.

While the study was unable to prove a link between the chemical and miscarriages, it showed a "biological plausibility." The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that BPA is safe as currently used in food containers.

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