September 22, 2011
Research Finds BPA In Canned Foods Marketed To Children
The Breast Cancer Fund announced on Wednesday that research indicates bisphenol A (BPA) has been found in canned soups marketed to children. The soups tested were Campbell´s Disney Princess Cool Shapes shaped pasta with chicken and chicken broth, which had 148 ppb of BPA while Campbell´s SpaghettiOs with meatballs had a concentration of 10 ppb.
Other brands tested included Earth´s Best, Annie´s Homegrown and Chef Boyardee, according to AFP eight of the twelve cans tested were found to have BPA levels greater than 49 ppb. The Breast Cancer Fund is pushing for manufacturers to embrace alternatives to BPA.
AFP said, BPA is most popularly used as a hardening agent for plastic bottles, but it is also used to line the inside of metal cans. Several scientific studies show there may be a possible link between BPA and cancer and early puberty. BPA was banned earlier in the year in the European Union in the manufacture of baby bottles. It is also restricted in use in Canada and 10 US states. According to MSNBC, BPA is also used in cash-register receipts, dental sealants and even money.
Gretchen Lee salter, policy manager at the Breast Cancer Fund told AFP, “We´re concerned about BPA because it disrupts the body´s delicate hormonal system.”
Experts told MSNBC that BPA in the cans comes from the resins that coat the insides of the cans. These resins are designed to keep the metals from leaching into the food product and helps to prevent a metallic taste in the food.
Thomas Burke, professor and associate dan at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health told MSNBC, “Every advance usually has benefits and tradeoffs. For example, many kids of my generation got cuts from broken glass at the beach. Plastic bottles probably reduced the likelihood of that happening. But they were also a source of BPA.”
BPA, notes MSNBC, doesn´t appear to accumulate in the body permanently. “We all have it in our bodies. But if you stop exposure the levels go down – a lot faster than some of the pesticides, or lead, or mercury”, said Burke.
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