Report Finds BPA Still Common in Food Cans
We all expect the food we buy to be safe and healthy for our families, right? Unfortunately a recently released report found 67% of nearly 200 food cans sampled tested positive for bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone disrupting chemical linked to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, and type-2 diabetes.
A new report, Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA and regrettable substitutes found in the linings of canned food, found that most of the cans sampled still tested positive for this harmful chemical. Studies have shown this chemical can migrate out of cans, get into the food our families eat, and make its way into our bodies.
While some leading brands have already eliminated BPA from their food can linings, their substitutes may not be safer. Four major alternative coatings were identified among the tested cans: acrylic resins, oleoresin, polyester resins, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) copolymers.
The good news is four brands have fully transitioned away from the use of BPA and have disclosed the BPA alternatives they are using. Another brand has eliminated 95% of BPA from its canned foods. Six retailers have adopted policies to reduce the use of BPA in their private-label canned food and one retailer is now prohibiting BPA from all new canned items.