JUST RELEASED: Report finds BPA still alarmingly present in canned food
Most canned food is lined with BPA.
Yes, even though the chemical has been linked to breast cancer, infertility, immune problems and more. Even though it is showing up in people’s bodies. Even though BPA mimics estrogen, interfering with hormones. Even though exposure can have serious effects on the life-long health of infants. Even though we know the chemical can leach into food from can linings.
Does this sound like old news? Well, it is. That’s the shocking part.
It’s been five years since OEC and our supporters pushed hard to protect people from bisphenol-A (BPA), a building-block of hard plastic. Thanks to compelling testimony from vigilant parents and health professionals, Multnomah County banned the chemical from baby bottles and sippy cups. Responding to consumer concern, many food companies reassured shoppers that they’d look for alternatives for the lining of cans.
But for OEC and our national partners, words alone are not reassuring. We want evidence. We want commitment.
In fall 2015, we went shopping at a Portland-area Fred Meyer and Albertsons and bought a bag full of canned food at each. We emptied the cans and shipped them off to the lab.
The results? We found BPA. Even companies that have pledged to find alternatives are still selling food lined with epoxy that contains the chemical.
You can read the results of Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes in the Linings of Canned Food to learn more about what we found in cans across the nation.
So: what can you do to protect yourself and your family?
You can choose fresh and frozen food over canned. You can look for soups and sauces in glass jars. And you can use your power as a consumer to demand safe food.
We all deserve a shot at a healthy future. We all deserve a chance to make healthy choices. Nobody should be exposed to toxic chemicals that we don’t even know are there.