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Report Today Reveals BPA in Kids’ Canned Foods

Today's study by the Breast Cancer Fund revealed the toxic chemical BPA in popular canned foods marketed towards children...

Sep 21, 2011

Portland, OR—A new report released today reveals that popular canned foods marketed towards kids contain the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA). Breast Cancer Fund researchers tested six different kid-friendly canned products, including Campbell’s “Spaghettios with Meatballs,” Campbell's “Disney Princess” shaped chicken soup, and Annie’s “Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli,” with every food sample registering levels of BPA. Details of the report can be found at www.breastcancerfund.org/. Research has linked BPA to disruption of the hormonal system, heart disease, diabetes and other severe health problems. 

“Oregonians deserve to know that the products they buy–from sippy cups to soup–are free from harmful chemicals,” said Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis, Environmental Health Program Director for Oregon Environmental Council. “Marketing food to children that contains BPA, as this report reveals, is the height of irresponsibility and proves that we need legal protections to ensure these products are kept off the shelves."

Certain metal food cans are made up of epoxy-resin linings that contain BPA; companies have already responded by switching to a BPA-free can liner or changing their food packaging. Oregon Environmental Council promoted legislation this spring to ban BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups on Oregon shelves. 

Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis of Oregon Environmental Council is available to speak on today’s study and the health impacts of BPA. To arrange an interview, please contact Jared Ishkanian at jaredi@oeconline.org, 503-341-9929. 

About the Oregon Environmental Council

The Oregon Environmental Council safeguards what Oregonians love about Oregon—clean air and water, an unpolluted landscape and healthy food produced by local farmers. For more than 40 years we’ve been a champion for solutions to protect the health of every Oregonian and the place we call home. Find out more at www.oeconline.org.

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oregon Environmental Council 
Jared Ishkanian, Communications Director 
503-222-1963 ext. 111 
503-341-9929 (cell) 
jaredi@oeconline.org

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