BPA Found in Baby Food Jar Lids and Toddler Food Cans
The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine said today that their recent tests prove that BPA — an additive linked in some studies to learning disabilities, reproductive problems, cancer and obesity — is leaching into baby food.
Studies show that one of the most common ways people are exposed to BPA is through food. In addition to being used as a hardening agent in plastics, BPA is commonly used to make the epoxy liners that form a barrier between metal in cans or lids and food in those containers. The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine sent fifteen containers of food to Anresco Laboratories for analysis in January and released the results today.
According to the organization, BPA was found in 11 of the 12 sampled containers of baby food manufactured by Beech-Nut, Gerber, Earth’s Best Organic and Shaw’s Wild Harvest brands. It was also found in all three of the canned foods samples including Campbell’s Disney Princess SpaghettiOs, Dora the Explorer soup, and Chef Boyardee macaroni and cheese.
Earth’s Best Organic reported that they are in the process of phasing out BPA use and will no longer use it as of October, 2012. Beech-Nut and Wild Harvest failed to report their use of BPA and, according to the product testing results released today, both are using BPA in the lids of their baby food containers.
The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine is a coalition of more than 50 organizations dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by replacing unnecessary dangerous chemicals with safer alternatives. www.cleanandhealthyme.org