New Concern About BPA In Food Marketed For Kids

Wednesday, September 21st 2011, 8:05 am
By: News On 6

Jamie McGriff, News On 6

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- A new study is putting a popular food brand under the microscope. 

There are concerns Campbell's canned soups, typically marketed to kids may contain a cancer causing chemical. 

The Breast Cancer Fund is behind this study. 

It claims BPA or Bisphenol, is used in the linings of canned food and it wants food companies to look for safer alternatives. 

Read the about the study.

A San Francisco lab tested six canned foods:

  • Annie's Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli
  • Campbell's Disney Princess Cool Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth
  • Campbell's Spaghettios with Meatballs
  • Campbell's Toy Story Fun Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth
  • Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta, Mini ABC's & 123's with Meatballs
  • Earth's Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup

The Breast Cancer Fund says every food sample tested came back positive for BPA. 

The chemical isn't listed on the ingredient label. 

There are concerns that this chemical has been linked to increased risk for breast cancer prostate cancer early puberty.

One breast cancer researcher says to be safe, just take BPA out of the food supply.

"If you want to avoid Bisphenol a for your children you're going to be eating organic food and you're going to be paying premium prices for everything and that should not be the way it is," Dr. Bill Goodson, MD CPMC Breast cancer researcher. 

The FDA is currently reviewing BPA safety levels, until then, if you are concerned, here is a list of some inexpensive alternatives:

  • Dry pasta and jarred sauce
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Soups packed in tetra packs
  • Fresh fruit

Campbells says in a news release, "according to the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence, the use of BPA in can linings poses no threat to human health."

The study, released Wednesday is part of the Breast Cancer Fund's "Cans Not Cancer" campaign to convince canned food makers to replace BPA with a safer option.