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Report finds BPA in linings of canned food

03/31/2016 adminCategory: Industry NewsPage Views: 2527

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new national report found the chemical BPA in the lids and linings of canned foods across the country.

It also found some questionable BPA substitutes that could also be leaching into the food we eat.

The study was done by environmental health groups, including the Oregon Environmental Council. The group purchased 14 cans at two different grocery stores in Portland.

Tests found BPA in 8 of the 14 cans.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to help protect and preserve the food inside the can, but in animal studies the chemical has been linked to health problems.

In 2011, Multnomah County made it illegal to sell plastic drink containers, including baby bottles, that contain BPA.

"We know that it's linked to birth defects... infertility and breast cancer," said Jen Coleman, Health Outreach Director for the Oregon Environmental Council.

But Coleman says choosing a can that advertises being "BPA-free" may not necessarily be a safer option.

The report found some of the cans that were labeled "BPA-free" still leached the chemicals that were used as substitutes.

"Food manufacturers... are often replacing these chemicals with ones that are not proven to be safe, so we can't be certain if it's safe even if it's BPA free," Coleman said.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association points out BPA has been used in cans for more than 40 years and is considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In a statement to KGW, it said, "a person would have to consume more than 17,000 cans of soup per day - every day for an entire lifetime - to exceed the conservative safe consumption limit that has been set by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)."

The Oregon Environmental Council says if you want to avoid BPA, choose fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned, look for food in glass containers and simply minimize your use of canned foods.

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