Several nonprofit groups have released a report raising new concerns about the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in the interior linings and lids found in two out of three of the nearly 200 canned foods tested. BPA is described in the report as an endocrine-disrupting chemical that negatively impacts the hormonal system, contributing to “a host of harmful health effects,” such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, type 2 diabetes, obesity, asthma, and attention deficit disorder.
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The report is a joint effort of the Breast Cancer Fund, Campaign for Healthier Solutions, Clean Production Action, Ecology Center, Mind the Store Campaign, and Environmental Defence of Canada.
Alternatives to BPA used in some canned foods can also be a risk to human health, according to the report. Can linings may contain acrylic resins, plant-based resins, polyester precursors and additives, phenols other than BPA, PVC-based coatings, and miscellaneous compounds.
Janet Nudelman, director of program and policy for the Breast Cancer Fund, says that major national brands “need to get BPA out of food can linings and fully disclose the identity and safety of any BPA alternatives they’re using. Consumers deserve protection from the toxic effects of this hormonally active chemical and the likelihood of exposure to unsafe toxic alternatives.”
About Kathy Holliman
Kathy Holliman, MEd, has been a medical writer and editor since 1997. She has worked on several publications focused on infectious diseases, cardiology, endocrinology, oncology/hematology, orthopedics, psychiatry, and pediatrics. Since becoming a freelance writer and editor in 2006, she has contributed to several healthcare publications in the fields of rheumatology, food quality and safety, internal medicine, and other medical association publications and medical education courses. Kathy has attended well over 100 medical meetings in the U.S. and Europe, and she continues to work as a writer and editor for onsite publications at several of those meetings. Reach her at email@example.com.