Many popular canned foods are known to contain BPA, also known as Bisphenol A. The list of food that is contained within BPA contaminated materials includes tuna, green beans, soups and juices. The chemical is an ingredient added to the lining of metal food and beverage cans. You can find BPA most often in the harder plastic, clear bottles of water. The chemical BPA itself has been found to mimic the hormone estrogen, and is believed to be connected with breast cancer and early puberty is women.
The FDA has placed no standards on the usage of BPA, and the chemical is used in more products than can be named. Billions of pounds of BPA are made each year, and investigations have proven that in most affected foods, two hundred times the amount the government has deemed a safe level of exposure for industrial chemicals can be found.
The EWG Investigations
A group known as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigated the use of the chemical. It has been found that just three servings of food with similar amounts of BPA, as found in most of these foods, can expose women and children to levels that could cause harmful side effects. Of all of the food that was tested the highest levels of concentrated BPA were found in:
- Chicken Soup
- Baby Formula
- Canned Tuna
- Canned Drinks
- Meal Replacement drinks packaged in cans
Name Brands and BPA
Many name brand materials have been found to contain this contaminating chemical. Testing showed no link to the level of the contaminate based on organic or non-organic origins in the food contained inside. Some cans labeled as ‘BPA-free’ have even been found to contain the chemical. In a study done by the Consumer’s Union, the following results were found:
- The highest concentration of BPA was found in Del Monte Fresh Cut Green Beans.
- Progresso Vegetable Soup was found to have a lovel of BPA that varied between 16 to 134 ppb.
- Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup was found to have BPA levels of 54.5 to 102 ppb.
- Vital Choice’s Canned Tuna, though packaged in a container that claims it is BPA free, was found to have an average of 20 ppb of BPA.
- Another violator of what their label reads, Eden Baked Beans also averaged a small amount of the chemical BPA.
The amount of BPA found in one single serving of Del Monte or a Progresso soup could “easily lead a consumer to exceed the FDA Culmulative Exposure Daily Intake level.” This concern was outlined in a letter written to the Comissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, otherwise known as the FDA.
To avoid BPA, there is no real true formula to go by, and not all canned food from one supplier will always be void of the chemical. The safest way to avoid BPA consumption is to buy fresh vegetables and fruits whenever possible, and for products that your children might enjoy, consider alternatives like powdered infant formulas or bottled juices.