BPA Found in Canned Children's Foods

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BPA, an industrial chemicals with suspected ties to cancer, has been found in dangerous levels in canned soups and pasta aimed at children, according to the Breast Cancer Fund.

The non-profit advocacy group -- which focuses on environmental causes of cancer -- said an average of 49 parts per billion of bisphenol A was detected in a dozen cans of food items tested.

"Every food sample tested positive for BPA" the group said, according to AFP. Campbell's Disney Princess and Toy Story soups tested the highest. 

BPA is typically used as a hardening agent in plastic bottles, but is also widely used to line the inside of metal cans, though studies have shown the chemical's link to cancer and other illnesses.

"We're concerned about BPA because it disrupts the body's delicate hormonal system," Gretchen Lee Salter, policy manager at the Breast Cancer Fund, told AFP. "There's a toxic chemical in our canned foods marketed to children, and it doesn't belong there."

The group found levels of BPA ranging from 148 ppb in a can of Campbell's Disney Princess Cool Shapes pasted with chicken and chicken broth to 10 ppb in a can of Campbell's SpaghettiOs with meatballs.

The group also tested Earth's Best, Annie's Homegrown and Chef Boyardee products, with eight of the twelve cans found to have BPA levels in excess of the 49 ppb average.

Salter added that laboratory experiments have suggested that some foodstuffs are liable to provoke greater toxic leeching from BPA packaging than others.

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