BPA in Food Containers
  • BPA was tested in nearly 200 cans of food.  BPA was found in 67% of the cans tested.  It was in 100% of Campbell’s soup cans, 75% of Del Monte cans, and 50% of General Mill’s Progresso cans.
BPA is a chemical in plastic which is used in containers and food can liners.  It is used to prevent corrosion of the can and movement of the can’s metal into the food.  (source: FDA)
Evidence shows that BPA affects the endocrine system, raises the risk of cancer, brain damage, hormonal problems, issues in developing fetuses and children, and more.

(Source:  “A Can of Trouble?” by Rebecca Lee and Dr. David Agus, CBS News, April 11, 2016; “Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA and regrettable substitutes found in the linings of canned food”)
What You Can Do
  • What consumers can do:

    • Look for BPA-free labels
    • Cut back on canned food
    • Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers.  Glass is the oldest and best-known safe container.
    • Check for #7 on plastic (which is an indicator that BPA is probably used in that bottle)     
      (source:  Mayo Clinic/FDA)

      (Source:  “A Can of Trouble?” by Rebecca Lee and Dr. David Agus, CBS News, April 11, 2016; “Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA and regrettable substitutes found in the linings of canned food”)