A report that has been recently released by 6 different non profit organizations found that two thirds of all tested food canisters were lined with the chemical compound Bisphenol A (BPA).
The report, labelled “Buyer Beware“, analyzed the lining of almost 200 cans of food from various companies such as Del Monte, Nestle, Campbell’s and many more. The different types of canisters were categorized by the type of food product that they contained, such as broth and gravy, beans, fruit and others.
The report goes into detail about exactly what makes up the coating of these cans and provides a percentage to show which food products contained the most amount of BPA-contaminated cans. Authors of the report found more than two-thirds of all tested cans contained traces of BPA.
“Our findings were alarming,” the report states. “This report validates our concerns that, despite consumer demand for BPA-free cans, 67 percent (129 of 192) of the cans we tested contained BPA-based epoxy in the body and/or the lid.”
The products that had the highest rate of BPA contamination were Broth and Gravy (100%), Canned Milk, including coconut (85%), Soups and Prepared Meals (79%) and Beans (71%).
The controversy surrounding BPA stems from the fact that hundreds of studies have linked it to an increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, being an endocrine disruptor (chemical that interferes with hormone production), asthma, diabetes and more.
In response to the study, many companies have pledged to discontinue the use of BPA in their products.
Campbell to remove BPA from packaging by mid-2017. https://t.co/a6xUNOfRoS
— Campbell Soup Co (@CampbellSoupCo) March 28, 2016
— Del Monte (@DelMonte) March 29, 2016
Although many manufacturers are replacing the BPA in their products due to public pressure, the report found that the substances they are replacing them with may not be any better.
“Our investigation also found, for the first time, that some retailers and brands have replaced BPA with PVC, made from vinyl chloride, a carcinogen,” the report stated.
To learn more about the effects that BPA and BPA alternatives have on the human body, click here.
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