Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in the production of many plastics including baby bottles. BPA is said to exhibit hormone-like properties, which raise concerns about its suitability in consumer products and food containers. Researchers working with laboratory animals reportedly have found that BPA may influence long-term risk for cancer and reproductive abnormalities.
On March 30, 2012 the FDA updated its January 2010 report on the use of BPA in food contact applications. The following is a summary of the FDA current thinking on this matter:
On the basis of results from recent studies using novel approaches to test for subtle effects, both the National Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health and FDA have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.
In cooperation with the National Toxicology Program, FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research is carrying out in-depth studies to answer key questions and clarify uncertainties about the risks of BPA.
In essence, the FDA presently is not recommending that families change the use of infant formula or foods, as the benefit of a stable source of good nutrition outweighs the potential risk from BPA exposure.
However, the FDA is taking reasonable steps to reduce human exposure to BPA in the food supply. These steps include:
Supporting the industry’s actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and infant feeding cups for the U.S. market;
Facilitating the development of alternatives to BPA for the linings of infant formula cans; and
Supporting efforts to replace BPA or minimize BPA levels in other food can linings.
In addition, the FDA is supporting a shift to a more robust regulatory framework for oversight of BPA and the FDA is seeking further public comment and external input on the science surrounding BPA.
Inspiration Green provides a list of cans with BPA and cans without a BPA lining.
Eden Foods: All 33 of its organic beans, chili, rice & beans, refried, and flavored.
Trader Joe’s Brand: Canned corn, tomatoes, beans (except baked beans), tunafish, anchovies, poultry, beef, coconut milk, fruit (except mandarins) and vegetables (except artichokes).
Hunt’s Tomato Products: Only their plain tomatoes – but great first step!!!
Whole Foods: 27% of its store-brand canned goods. No specifics given!*
Amy’s: As of March, 2012 all products in non-bpa cans. Look for: NB, for Non-BPA on the bottom of each can.
Bionaturae: Canned tomatoes.
Campbell’s Soups: Announced March, 2012 that it will be phasing out BPA from its cans! They have yet to make clear when that will begin, or what they plan to use instead of BPA.