Campbell’s to stop using BPA in their cans

Campbell’s Soup to phase out BPA use, photo by Dennis Goedgeboure, Flickr

Seems that mm, mm, Good is about to get even better!

Campbell’s Soup has agreed to join other companies in eliminating the use of BPA (Bisphenol A, a chemical used in a wide variety of products, including the hard lining of soup and other canned goods.

Earlier this week, Campbell’s Soup Co. spokesman Anthony Sanzio said the company has been working on alternatives for five years and will make the transition as soon as “feasible alternatives are available.”

BPA – a synthetic estrogen – has been in the news for its potential links to a variety of health issues, including heart disease, behavioral problems in girls, a hormonal syndrome in women, and a variety of physiological effects in animals.

The Breast Cancer Fund’s drive “Cans Not Cancer” drew 70,000 letters for stopping the use of BPA in tin cans

Last September, the Breast Cancer Fund launched their Cans Not Cancer campaign which, with the help of Healthy Child Healthy World, generated more than 70,000 letters to the company urging it to find an alternative can lining that did not contain BPA.

The Environmental Working Group published a ground-breaking study in 2007 documenting that BPA had leached from epoxy can linings into more than half the canned foods, beverages and liquid infant formula that had been randomly purchased at supermarkets around the country. The first of its kind, this study helped explain why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had found detectable levels of BPA in the urine of 93 percent of Americans over the age of six.

Back in 2010, the EWG commissioned lab tests of cash register receipts from major outlets across the country and found the presence of BPA on many of the samples.

Cash register receipts were found to be a source of BPA exposure

Also in 2010, the FDA announced it had “concerns” regarding the effect of BPA on the development of infants and young children. At that time, government regulators promised a reassessment by June 2011. It never happened.

Later this month, however, the federal agency could finally decide whether or not to ban this toxic chemical’s use in all food and beverage packaging.

That would be like owning a classic car that’s been kept behind garage doors and finally taking it out on the road, where it was meant to be.

With the growing clamor from consumers both in the U.S. and abroad, let’s hope the FDA finally takes a stand on this important health issue – one that’s in favor of the consumer well-being.

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