Monday, April 11, 2016

Study finds BPA in cans of many popular food products

By Rebecca Lee CBS News April 11, 2016

Many of America's largest food companies use the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in food can linings to prevent metal corrosion and contamination of the food. But a new report raises concerns about widespread use of the chemical, which has been linked to a number of health issues.

In a study backed by six nonprofit groups, researchers found BPA in 67 percent of the nearly 200 food cans tested.

The controversial chemical was removed from baby bottles and sippy cups almost four years ago, but is still found in the packaging of many popular food products. Of the items sampled, BPA was found in 100 percent of the Campbell's products, 71 percent of Del Monte's and 50 percent of the General Mills cans.


BPA has been found to be a "disruptor" of the endocrine system. "You know, it does affect the endocrine system to a small amount, so certainly that may have an effect, especially on kids or as we get older, potentially," said Agus, who is head of the Westside Cancer Center at the University of Southern California.

Some studies have found evidence that BPA could raise the risk of cancer, brain damage, hormonal problems, and issues with the prostate gland in developing fetuses and children. Some research has also suggested a link between BPA and rising rates of obesity.


For those who do not want to take any risks, Agus suggests going "back to the basics."

"There's an old compound that's safe and we know it's safe. It's called glass," he said.

To reduce exposure, also look for "BPA-free" labels, scale back on canned food or choose items packaged in glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers.

[Or cook from scratch.]

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