Canada/USA Children: BPA found in Canned Goods
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Perhaps there is something to making your own food from scratch from Produce.
Avoiding not only plastic bottles and wrapping, but all canned goods as well.
BPA is a chemical in plastics, which when heated leaches out of the cans plastic lining during the pasteurization process, for without pasteurization, the food contents inside the can will develop bacteria which would fester and grow inside the can and if it didn't make you ill, most likely it would be fatal.
BPA or Bisphenol A is a edocine disruptor which act like Hormones in the human body, disrupting the body's natural hormones. And as anyone knows, Estrogen is one hormone in which BPA seriously screws over. Children are the most affected as they are still growing and developing.
BPA's long term Health effects are not known, as this may take a decade to determine and study it's long term or genetic health effects.
The FDA in the states issued a health warning, sparking some States in the USA passing laws banning BPA, identifying cans which contain BPA etc. This new move will force canning makers to come up with a safer alternative in the canning process.
As for me, It will be all natural, no cans for me.
CTV.ca News Staff
Tests conducted on the food cans for CTV News and The Globe and Mail shows similar or higher levels of bisphenol A than in baby bottles.
While baby bottles leach about 6 parts per billion of bisphenol A (BPA), the exclusive tests of food cans show:
- A can of children's ravioli leached 6 parts per billion.
- A can of peas and carrots leached 7 parts per billion.
- A can of tomato juice leached 14 parts per billion.
In this study, the first of its kind in Canada, the method of testing used most closely mimics the canning process. Fourteen cans of popular Canadian foods were sent to XenoAnalytical LLC, a laboratory in Columbia, Mo . The cans were emptied of food and rinsed five times before being filled with water and heated for 24 hours at 95 C.
(The food itself from each can could not be accurately tested because other chemicals in the food could interfere with measuring the BPA.)
Studies have shown when cans are heated in the manufacturing process, BPA leaches out of the linings. Foods are first sealed in cans and heated to kill bacteria in the food. Cans are heated to temperatures between 116 C and 121 C, and the length of time varies according to the type of food.