Proposition 65 citizen enforcement group, The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has published a new report, entitled “Kicking the Can? Major retailers still selling canned food with BPA.” The nonprofit's report discusses its’ testing of more than 250 canned foods purchased from major grocery outlets such as Albertson’s/Safeway Kroger, and a host of dollar stores in eleven states.
The report found that approximately 40 percent of the cans tested for the study contained measurable levels of Bisphenol A (BPA), suggesting that a significant number of American consumers are “still being exposed to BPA when they eat canned food.”
BPA was unanimously listed by the State of California’s Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DART-IC) in May 2015 becoming one of the most controversial listings in the science panel’s history. The chemical was listed by the panel based on studies showing it causes reproductive toxicity in women.
CEH acknowledges that its tests found that some alternatives to BPA may not be safe, reporting that several cans tested for the study contained PVC plastic, a toxic substitute.
In its report, CEH is calling on food retailers to commit to the elimination and safe substitution for BPA from all of their food cans, with clear timelines for a transition to safer canned foods.
CEH is also calling for can manufacturers and food retailers to disclose the chemicals used in can liners.
The report suggests that consumers can use fresh or frozen food alternatives in the meantime.
The CEH Report is available for download here