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But Dr. Charles McKay, a BPA researcher and toxicologist with the Connecticut Poison Control Center, said the researchers failed to adequately measure factors other than BPA that could explain the results.

For example, there’s no information on mothers’ eating habits. That matters because mothers’ higher BPA levels could have come from eating lots of canned foods instead of healthier less processed foods, which might have affected fetal brain development.

The American Chemistry Council, a trade group whose members include companies that use BPA, said the research “has significant shortcomings … and the conclusions are of unknown relevance to public health.”

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Online:

FDA: http://tinyurl.com/ya4d4ku

Info for parents: http://www.hhs.gov/safety/bpa/

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AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/LindseyTanner