Just when you thought it was safe to stock up on soup for the winter, think again….
….The Breast Cancer Fund released a report today stating that the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) was found in every canned food tested, especially those marketed to children. The highest levels were found in Campbell’s Disney Princess and Toy Story soups.
BPA, which is used to make epoxy-resin linings of metal food cans, has been linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, type-2 diabetes, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Childhood exposure is of concern because this endocrine-disrupting chemical can affect children’s hormonal systems during development and set the stage for later‐life diseases.
Some of the can foods that were tested were Campbell’s Disney Princess Cool Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth, Campbell’s Toy Story Fun Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth, Earth’s Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup, Annie’s Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli, Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta, Mini ABC’s & 123’s with Meatballs, and Campbell’s Spaghettios with Meatballs.
According to Gretchen Lee Salter, Policy Manager at the Breast Cancer Fund, "a child-sized serving could result in BPA exposure at a level of concern."
Certain canned-food companies, like Eden Foods, have switched use liners that are BPA-free. Instead, they use an oleoresinous c-enamel, which is a mixture of an oil and a resin extracted from plants. Other companies say they are using BPA alternatives, but are not clear about the alternatives they are using.
The "BPA in Kids’ Canned Food" report lists a number of alternatives parents can use in place of canned food including, dry or frozen pasta, boxed macaroni and cheese, soups in Tetra Paks, and frozen or fresh fruits.
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