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Study: BPA Common in Kids' Canned Foods

Researchers Say Potentially Harmful Chemical Is Leaching Into Soup From Cans
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BPA in Canned Food

In the report, researchers sent two cans each of six different canned meal products marketed to children to an independent testing laboratory for analysis.

The results showed all of the products contained detectable levels of BPA. Different samples of the same product varied by as much as 68 ppb. 

The highest BPA levels were found in two Campbell's products:

  • Disney Princess Cool Shapes Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth: levels ranging from 80-148 ppb
  • Toy Story Fun Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth:  levels of 71-90 ppb

The lowest BPA levels were found in another Campbell's product, SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, with levels of 10-16 ppb.

Other products tested and their BPA levels were:

  • Earth's Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup, USDA Organic: 34-42 ppb
  • Annie's Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli, USDA Organic: 27-34 ppb
  • Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta, Mini ABC's & 123's with Meatballs: 19-21 ppb

Researchers say these findings are consistent with previous analyses of BPA levels in canned foods. A March 2011 review of BPA levels in canned foods by the same group found soups averaged 69 ppb and meals averaged 36 ppb.

Campbell Soup Company spokesman Anthony Sanzio says the quality and safety of their products is their top priority.

"BPA is used by the entire industry as a can lining to protect the food because it is approved for that use," says Sanzio. "We are talking about parts per billion here. These are very small, minute amounts that regulatory bodies have said don't pose a threat to human health."

"We are confident in what the science tells us, but that does not mean that we don't understand the concerns that consumers have expressed," says Sanzio.

BPA Debate Continues

There's no argument that BPA is everywhere: in the water, air, ground, and food we eat. But the issue is whether human exposure to BPA at the levels currently found in the food supply is responsible for negative health effects down the road.

Some researchers say the Environmental Protection Agency's current safe BPA exposure limit is too high. They argue that studies have shown adverse effects at much lower levels of exposure.

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