Xenoestrogens are “foreign” chemicals or compounds that interact with estrogen receptors as either agonists or antagonists to interfere with endocrine system function. Xenoestrogens include phytoestrogens, pesticides, industrial by- products and synthetic estrogens. In this study, consumer plasticware, including baby bottles and food storage containers, were found to release xenoestrogenic compounds that bound to ERα and ERβ and affected cell proliferation.
Hurley, Susan G.; Lackey, Brett R.; Tate, Patricia L.; and Gray, Sandra L.
"Xenoestrogens from Household Plastics Bind Estrogen Receptors and Affect Cell Proliferation,"
Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science: Vol. 14
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jscas/vol14/iss1/5