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BPA in Cans Poses Health Threat, Report Claims
Date:5/18/2010

Chemical found in 92 percent of products tested, group calls for federal ban

TUESDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical used in the metal linings of some canned foods, poses a serious health threat to consumers and should be banned, a new report claims.

BPA is ubiquitous in plastic products, found in baby bottles and sippy cups, and it has come under scrutiny in recent years, with studies linking it to a host of health and developmental problems. This latest research looked at its presence in the metal linings of canned foods.

"We tested a wide variety of canned food products to determine whether BPA leeches from the can into the food," said report co-author, Mike Schade, the PVC campaign coordinator at the Center for Health, Environment & Justice in New York City.

Foods tested included fruits, vegetables, fish, beans, soups and tomatoes, according to the report, which was released Tuesday.

"We found BPA in 92 percent of the canned food that we tested," Schade said. "Potential exposure to BPA, not just from one can, but from meals you prepare over the course of a day with canned food, can actually expose consumers to potentially harmful levels of BPA."

So, if you prepare a meal with canned tomato, beans and fish, you may be exposing yourself to levels of BPA that have been shown in animal tests to cause health problems, Schade said.

A group representing the canned food industry took issue with the findings.

"We are extremely disappointed that in their zeal to educate consumers, the workgroup pursued a clear agenda. In doing so, it failed to provide readers with the full story on BPA in canned foods," Dr. John Rost, chairman of the North American Metal Packaging Alliance Inc, said in a statement released Tuesday.

"BPA-based epoxy coatings in metal packaging provide real, important and measurable health benefits by reducing the poten
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