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BPA In Canned Foods Could Become A Thing Of The Past

Children's soup may be the next target for BPA ban legislation.

'Cans Not Cancer'

The Breast Cancer Fund has announced 12 canned soups where bisphenol A, commonly called BPA, was found. Topping the list were Campbell's Toy Story and Disney Princess Cool Shapes soups. In response -- they have launched the "Cans Not Cancer" campaign to remove BPA from canned foods.

BPA lines the tin cans, extending their shelf life.

The Breast Cancer Fund argued in a statement that any level of BPA in children's products is unsafe, and no alternative currently exists for canned food.

BPA And Backlash

The BPA fight isn't over. The Washington D.C. group Competitive Enterprise Institute challenged the Fund's findings, calling their campaign "irrational."

Touting BPA's positives like its durability, the Institute argued BPA helps reduce food waste by extending the life of food packaged with it.

BPA has been linked to a range of hormonal issues. Infants are small children are most susceptible, and a bill that would ban BPA in baby bottles and children's toys recently cleared the California state Senate.

The World Health Organization has pointed out the long-term effects of exposure to BPA is unknown.

Experts like Dr. John Spangler of the Wake Forest School of Medicine believe prevention is still the best medicine.

"There are things we can do to minimize our exposure to BPA. We can use fresh or dried pasta and sauce in jars. We can eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer canned foods," he says.

Read More:

  • BPA in Canned Foods: Should You Worry? (ABC News)
  • PICKET: Food and beverage industry regulations coming from Capitol Hill soon (Washington Times)

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