Toxic Food Packaging Chemical BPA Still Present in US Canned Goods

The results of the recent laboratory testing of canned goods containing toxic food packaging chemical Bisphenol-A (better known as ‘BPA’) is both distressing and disturbing.  This is especially true given that canned foods purchased at discount/dollar stores where low-income consumers are often forced to shop were more likely to contain BPA.

To learn about (1) the findings from scientific research linking BPA to myriad of serious health outcomes; (2) what the potential risks and adverse health consequences are (diabetes, obesity and cancer are just three of them); and (3) how to avoid ingesting BPA, go here.


Canned Foods Still Contain Dangerous Chemical BPA


The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has released a report called Kicking the Can.

In it, CEH officials say that 40 percent of canned goods they tested earlier this year contained traceable levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA).

That chemical has been linked in past research to birth defects, as well as breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

The percentage of cans containing BPA is down from the 67 percent recorded in a 2015 test, but CEH officials are still sounding a consumer alarm…


“It is past time for grocery retailers and dollar stores to end this health threat and develop safer alternatives for canned foods.”

-Caroline Cox, research director at CEH


Laboratory Testing

CEH researchers tested 250 canned food items they had purchased between January and April 2017.

The cans were bought at stores in 11 states. The majority were purchased at four national retailers:


Albertsons / Safeway

Dollar Tree

99 Cents Only


The researchers reported that 40 percent of those cans showed levels of BPA in their linings.

In addition, 19 percent of the cans contained PVC plastic

Researchers said 36 percent of Albertsons’ and 33 percent of Kroger’s “private label” food cans contained BPA.

Researchers were also concerned that cans purchased at dollar-type stores were more likely to contain BPA.


“Often, the only place for people of color and low-income communities to shop is at these discount retailers. It’s time for all retailers to double down and protect the most vulnerable.”

-José T. Bravo, coordinator of the Campaign for Healthier Solutions


Other efforts to remove BPA from our food:

Over the past year, members of Mind the Store have delivered more than 150,000 petitions to Kroger, and 130,000 petitions to Albertsons, about the levels of BPA in their products.

In addition, a report titled Buyer Beware was released last year by the Breast Cancer Foundation, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, Clean Production Action, Ecology Center, and Mind the Store.


What you as a consumer can do: If you shop at one of the major grocery store chains found to sell BPA-laden food you can make your voice heard by contacting the store headquarters directly either by calling their toll-free telephone number, or sending a letter via snail mail to their corporate headquarters or via their email address on their corporate website.