Canned Food Dangerously High in BPAs
Test: Can linings taint soup, veggies, soda with risky chemical
By Caroline Miller, Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2010 10:29 AM CDT
   (Del Monte)

(Newser) – Beware those innocent-looking green beans and that mom-approved chicken noodle soup! Turns out not only plastic but canned goods—because of the coating used to protect food from corrosion and bacteria—contain disturbing levels of bisphenol A, a known carcinogen. A National Workgroup for Safe Markets test of 50 cans of fruit, vegetables, soup, beans, sodas, and milk from pantries all over the country found five times as much BPA as a similar FDA test in 1997, reports Fast Company. The chemical was present in 92% of the cans, tested by an FDA-approved lab, and the level of BPA didn't reflect age or price of the product.

"It takes as little as one serving of canned foods to expose a person to levels of BPA that have been shown to cause harm in laboratory animals," one of the co-authors of the study tells AOL News, warning that it's especially dangerous for pregnant women, "because fetuses are especially vulnerable to BPA's effects."

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StewartIII
Jun 11, 2010 3:27 PM CDT
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disciple2000
May 20, 2010 8:42 PM CDT
so beer has been killing me?
Spudsy
May 20, 2010 3:12 AM CDT
This hurts me. I don't eat tons of canned food, but canned soup, beans, and beer are my favorites. I love cans. The history of canned food is a story of man's release to explore the world with abandon and good health and nutrition. I see the aisles of canned food, and the variety of foods, in American grocery stores as one of the most beautiful sights in the world. I will admit to the weird actions of eating a can of soup and then rinsing the can clean and studying the beauty of the welds and the ripples that allow for expansion and contraction during heating and cooling. Damn, I am weird. But happy.