Saturday, May 27, 2017
Millions of Americans who eat canned foods are still being exposed to the toxic chemical bisphenol A
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families has co-released a new report that found toxic BPA in nearly 40% of food cans tested from the nation's largest grocery stores and dollar store chains.
The report, "Kicking the Can? Major retailers still selling canned food with BPA," authored by our coalition partners the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), shows that millions of Americans who eat canned foods are still being exposed to the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA).
The report details testing on more than 250 canned foods, finding that 38% of cans tested contain BPA, a chemical that is known to cause birth defects and has been linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and other serious health problems.
Over 250 cans purchased at grocery stores in ten states
For the new report, cans were purchased between January and April of this year, from ten states: California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Most the cans were purchased from four national retailers: Kroger, Albertsons/Safeway, Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Only.
One out of three cans tested positive for BPA
"These companies have known for years that BPA is a serious health threat, yet too many of their food cans still contain this dangerous chemical," said Caroline Cox, Research Director at CEH. "Americans deserve safe food for their children and families. It is past time for grocery retailers and dollar stores to end this health threat and develop safer alternatives for canned foods."
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