Chemical in Our Household Food Tins 'Cuts Male Fertility'

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Byline: David Derbyshire

A 'GENDER bending' chemical in food and drinks containers could be behind rising male infertility, scientists say.

Men with high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in their bodies are more likely to have low sperm counts, according to a study.

BPA is widely used to harden plastics and is found in baby bottles, CD cases, plastic knives and forks and the lining of food and drink cans.

The chemical mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen and interferes with the way hormones are processed by the body.

Although some animal studies have shown it is safe, others have linked it to breast cancer, liver damage, obesity, diabetes and fertility problems.

Experts estimate BPA is detectable in more than 90 per cent of people.

Earlier this year, Denmark became the first EU country to ban the chemical in food and drink containers for children under three.

Professor John Meeker, who led the study at the University of Michigan in the U. …