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One more reason not to buy canned, packaged or prepared foods
Nestlé, the world's biggest food manufacturer, says its will stop putting Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) into US products within three years, while tinned giant Heinz is at "an advanced stage" in removing it from UK baby food, and is funding research. General Mills has already ditched BPA from its Muir Glen tomato range, while Campbell Soups says it has done "hundreds" of tests exploring alternatives. Several other firms, such as Coca-Cola, have declined to disclose a timetable for its withdrawal, saying that BPA is safe.
BPA toughens the packaging of many tins, glass jar lids and plastic bottles, and the casings of electronics gadgets such as TVs, mobile phones and laptop computers.
Dozens of scientists say it is an endocrine disruptor that affects hormones and could be causing breast and prostate cancer, heart disease, brain retardation, impotence and infertility.
To investigate the link between canned foods and BPA exposure, products from grocery stores were analyzed and found out of 105 total samples there were detectable levels of BPA in 63 of them.
Canned foods had the highest levels of the chemical, with Del Monte Fresh Cut Green Beans at the top of the list, followed by three types of Progresso soups. Smaller amounts of the chemical showed up in a plastic container of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs, canned Enfamil infant formula, and Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Water. A variety of canned vegetable juices, fruit juices and soups also had traces of BPA.
In a survey of 26 food companies, half said they were committed to ending use of the substance, double the 23 percent found last year. A surveyor said: "Companies are actually moving faster than regulators in phasing out BPA from food and beverage packaging."
More than 20 US states have introduced legislation to restrict BPA use, Canada has listed it as a toxic chemical and several European countries have refused to accept the European Food Safety Agency's latest position, released on 30 September.
If you're concerned about BPA, you might want to choose fresh foods over canned versions. To limit pesticides as well, organic is also better. But both steps cost more, and that's a roadblock for many consumers.
Dr. Iverson's Comment
Wow! I had no idea until this article came out that BPA was in these products!  Is there any escaping the ubiquitous toxic chemicals? Just one more reason to not buy packaged, canned, and prepared foods! 
If you remember, BPA was the chemical found in the famous Nalgene water bottles and baby bottles (with a number 7 on the bottom) that caused a nation-wide push to remove it completely. Last I heard they are no longer using BPA in these containers but evidently it seems that it was in our other foods all along! 
Being that BPA is high in canned foods is something to take into consideration. I’m glad to hear the Muir Glen tomatoes no longer contain BPA since I often recommend that brand to patients. If you are going to buy canned beans, make sure you rinse them before eating. As for other processed food it looks like there is no escape. We should all follow the article’s advice and return to Nature’s Diet—fresh over packaged.
Be well~
Andrew Iverson 
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