Toxic BPA Contamination - Groups Support Consumers Union Call for FDA Protection From BPA in Canned Food

Tue Nov 3, 2009 6:02pm EST

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Toxic BPA Contamination - Groups Support Consumers Union Call for FDA
Protection From BPA in Canned Food

Consumer Reports Study Detected BPA in Some Canned Foods

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to Consumer
Reports' new report on contamination of canned food products with the
synthetic sex hormone bisphenol A (BPA), the Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water
Action, Clean New York, Center for Health, Environment & Justice, Physicians
for Social Responsibility, Oregon Toxics Alliance and other environmental
health advocates support Consumers Union's call for FDA to immediately act to
protect consumers from BPA.

BPA is linked to neurological, endocrine and reproductive health effects,
breast cancer and other serious health problems. 

"Consumer Reports' results are sobering, and confirm what we already know:
Americans are exposed to toxic BPA every day through canned food," said Janet
Nudelman at the Breast Cancer Fund. "A synthetic estrogen linked to breast
cancer should not be in our food, period. It's well past time to ban BPA from
food and beverage containers."

Bobbi Chase Wilding of Clean New York says, "Consumers should not have to read
scientific journals to determine what is safe when shopping for their
families. FDA needs to step up and step in."

Mike Schade from the Center for Health, Environment & Justice adds, "We know
there are companies that want to do the right thing. Wal-Mart, Target, Babies
R Us, Nalgene, CamelBak and others have been working provide their customers
with safer, BPA-free products -- the products consumers want. The time has
come for the food industry to follow suit."

The product testing found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods tested
contain measurable levels of bisphenol A (BPA). Results are in the December
2009 issue and are available free online at 

Consumers Union sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesting
that it move this year to ban the use of BPA in food- and beverage-contact

Congress is currently considering legislation that would ban the use of BPA in
all food and beverage containers. 

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SOURCE  Environmental Health Fund

Stephenie Hendricks of Environmental Health Fund, +1-415-258-9151,
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