The Consumer's Union finds Unsafe Levels of BPA in Food Packaging
11.05.09 The Consumer's Union finds Unsafe Levels of BPA in Food Packaging
I've been trying to reduce our family's exposure to BPA in canned foods and other food packaging for a long while. I gave up canned soups, canned tomatoes, and other canned veggies because of the BPA in the lining of the can.
Now the Consumer's Union reveals (according to phys.org):
“Children eating multiple servings of some of the tested food could get doses of BPA "near levels that have caused adverse effects in several animal studies," according to the survey by Consumers Union, a nonprofit organization that publishes Consumer Reports.
When you consider that children eating a meal at school are exposed to BPA in the canned goods there, and another exposure or two from waterbottles, food containers and packaging, there is cause for concern. The FDA is STILL completing its study of BPA and will reveal its findings and ruling later this month. Back in 2008, the FDA received much criticism in a draft report stating that BPA is safe in food packaging, making most of its conclusions from two industry funded, outdated studies.
The results of the Consumer's Union study were published in the December 2009 issue and are available in part online. They tested tuna cans, juice cans, soup and sauce cans, some even claiming to be BPA free. I'd really like to get my hands on the full report!
According to the Huffington Post, the Consumer's Union sent a letter to the FDA, urging that they ban BPA in food packaging and drink containers. Huffington Post author Naomi Starkman also does the numbers quite well, comparing the FDA limits and the amounts the Consumers Union found in common foods. Her post says that even one exposure to BPA in food packaging for a child and could reach the limits of safety:
"Several animal studies show adverse effects, such as abnormal reproductive development, at exposures of 2.4 micrograms of BPA per kilogram of body weight per day, a dose that could be reached by a child eating one or a few servings daily or an adult daily diet that includes multiple servings of canned foods containing BPA levels comparable to some of the foods Consumer Reports tested. "
How do you avoid BPA in food packaging?
*Avoid buying canned foods
*Use BPA free bottles, sippies, and water bottles
*Use only glass for storing leftovers
*Do not microwave in plastic
*Buy juice in bottles