A new study has analyzed the impact of BPA in canned food and determined that more than 110 brands still use BPA. Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been linked to a number of health problems ranging from breast cancer to heart attacks. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed the content of 252 brands of canned food to determine the level of BPA.
The research findings revealed that more than 110 brands still used BPA in some or all of their products. Seventy eight canned brands still use BPA-based liners in all of their products. Transparency on this subject continues to be a major issue, as another 100 brands did not provide sufficient information for EWG to complete its analysis. Ultimately, only 31 brands were found to use BPA-free liners.
The alternatives to replace BPA such as BPS have been found to cause the same adverse health impact such as heart damage and brain damage and the Environmental Working Group found that most companies did not reveal their alternative products and were often vague in their descriptions.
“As industry scrambles to find alternatives to BPA, concern has grown that without appropriate oversight, food companies will substitute structurally similar chemicals, or new chemicals with toxicity profiles equal to or worse than BPA,” reported EWG. “The FDA reviews applications for new chemicals in food packaging but has very little information about them. And since it has limited authority to regulate chemicals that were in use before 2000, BPA-free cans may be made from chemicals that have not been properly studied for long-term health effects.”
The EWG determined that labeling of the 252 canned food products is inconsistent, and there is no guarantee that BPA-free labeling is credible. “Companies are free to claim that their cans are BPA-free, armed with little more than certificates and assurances from their suppliers,” reported EWG. “In some cases, companies may believe they are buying BPA-free cans, but when independently tested, these cans are discovered not to be BPA-free.”