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Consumer alert: BPA found in canned food

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - You may want to do a double check of your pantry.  Consumer advocates are warning about a potentially harmful chemical that you and your family could be consuming every day. 
              
"I never thought that BPA was in canned foods, and many of the stuff that we all consider a staple of our diet," says Pediatrician Richard Mansfield, D.O.

But apparently it is.  At least that's the finding from a recent study just released by Consumer Reports.  It found bisphenol A, or BPA, in about 20 food items tested.
      
Del Monte Fresh Cut Green Beans Blue Lake had the highest amount of BPA for a single sample with levels ranging from 35.9 to 191 parts per billion.          

Progresso vegetable soup had levels ranging from 67 to 134 parts per billion.  Campbell's Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup had BPA levels ranging from 54.5 to 102.
         

Consumer Reports also found lower levels in juice, formula and frozen veggies.  BPA has most recently made headlines for the levels found in plastic baby bottles, and several consumer groups want it banned in all food and beverage materials.
         

High doses of the chemical have been linked to health problems, including certain types of cancer, but in lab animal tests.
         

Dr. Mansfield says it's important to keep this in perspective.

"There have been many studies also looking at the effects of BPA both in the United States and overseas, none of the studies have shown any human ill effect from BPA."

Experts say families who are concerned can take some steps to reduce their exposure.  For example, eating fresh food when possible and using alternatives to canned products.
         

There are also products marketed as BPA free, but the Consumer Reports survey also found traces of the chemical in some of those items as well.

"Question I always ask is who is certifying it as BPA fee, is it the manufacturer, how do we know, always be a careful and skeptical consumer," advises Dr. Mansfield.
      

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to soon announce the findings of its most recent reassessment of BPA safety.

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