Monday, April 2, 2007

Toxins in Canned Foods

I found an article posted today at about a toxic chemical that has been found in canned foods. According to the article, the Environmental Working Group found bisphenol A (BPA) in a high percentage of name-brand canned food. If you think about what you buy when you go to Shaw's, canned goods fill up some of your shopping cart. Vegetables, fruit, raviolis, dog food, and sauces are all canned.

What is BPA?
"BPA is an industrially produced chemical commonly used in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. BPA-containing resins are a common ingredient in the linings of canned goods."

One to three servings of chicken soup and instant formula can be harmful to a person. Chicken soup, instant formula and ravioli have the highest levels of BPA.

The FDA estimates that 17% of the U.S. diet comes from canned food, but there is no government safety standard regulating the amount of BPA allowed in such foods.

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