BPA, Industrial Chemical, Found in Kids' Canned Foods
BPA, an industrial chemical with suspected links to cancer, has been found in large quantities inside American kids' canned soups and pasta, the Breast Cancer Fund said Wednesday.
The non-profit advocacy group, which focuses on environmental causes of cancer, carried out a product testing report.
They detected an average of 49 parts per billion of BPA, or bisphenol A, in a dozen cans of food items tested.
"Every food sample tested positive for BPA," with Campbell's Disney Princess and Toy Story soups testing the highest," said the group, reports AFP.
They are now pressuring canned food producers to embrace alternatives to BPA, which is best known as a hardening agent in plastic bottles.
BPA is also commonly used to line the inside of metal cans, but a host of scientific studies have pointed to a possible link with cancer and other illnesses.
Earlier this year, the European Union banned the use of BPA in the manufacture of baby bottles. Its use in infant food containers is also restricted in Canada as well as 10 US states.
"We're concerned about BPA because it disrupts the body's delicate hormonal system," Gretchen Lee Salter, the Breast Cancer Fund’s policy manager, told AFP.