Products for a Cleaner Environment
The introduction of natural and anthropogenic trace substances with hormonal activity into the environment puts ecosystems at risk. Hormonal substances are especially threatening to aquatic organisms.
In 2008, Canada became the first country to label Bisphenol A (BPA), the starting material for the synthesis of polymer plastics, a hazardous substance and ban the use of it in baby bottles. This decision came as a result of numerous animal studies which showed the disruptive endocrine effects that BPA can have. In the following years, other countries such as France (2010) and Austria (2011) followed suit and in 2011, the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection also banned the use of BPA in baby bottles.
A number of endocrine active substances such as 17β-estradiol (E2) and 17α-ethinyl estradiol (EE2), are currently on the European Union’s watch list of potentially dangerous substances. With continued experiments, these substances are gaining more attention from EU directives. In the formulation of environmental quality standards, there will most likely be restrictions placed on the use of other potential endocrine substances and the maximum concentrations that can be released into the environment. There is therefore a strong need for the development of strategies for the detection and elimination of endocrine active substances.
We believe that an important contribution can be made with biological test kits. Our kits are cost-effective, and can be used to quickly and efficiently test diverse samples for their hormonal content. Interested? See for yourself!