Heres a good reason why food manufacturers dont want to test for harmful chemicals. If you test, you might find something you dont want to.
Consumer Reports did just that It tested a bunch of canned juices, soups, tuna, and green beans and found bisphenol A (BPA) in almost all of them even the ones labeled organic or bisphenol A-free.
BPA, you may recall, is a chemical in polycarbonate plastics that acts as an endocrine disruptor. How harmful is it? Debate rages. These new data will add to the debate.
CR says it found the highest levels of BPA in some samples of canned green beans and canned soups:
Because it was particularly concerned about BPA exposure for infants and young children, it tested samples of infant formula and apple juice. It found:
Although the BPA in Nestlé Juicy Juice averaged 9 ppb, this was not so high, but children consume a lot of juice so this levels worries the testers.
While waiting for the experts to decide just how bad a problem BPA might be for adults and children, Consumer Reports recommends reducing the risk:
I would add to this: urge the FDA to finish up its scientific review right away. It would be good to know more about just how harmful BPA is, and at what levels.
Update, November 4: I love the industry response to this report: The use of bisphenol A (BPA) in can linings is both safe and vital for food protection.
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