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You may have heard about industrial chemicals like bisphenol A making their way into our food supply via can linings--but what about our pets? Not surprisingly, they are vulnerable, too. A recent study, for example, found that BPA in the bloodstream of pet dogs nearly tripled when they switched to canned dog food.

At the Ecology Center, we pioneered a rapid method for identifying the types of polymer coatings used in food cans. On the heels of the major study that resulted, we have completed a smaller study of pet food cans.  

We took a “citizen science” approach, asking community members to send in empty cat and dog food cans they had recently purchased for their pets. We received a total of 60 cans from pet owners in Southeast Michigan, then used our spectroscopic method to learn what types of coatings were inside each can.

What we found:

  • Almost all cat food cans tested (95%) had a PVC-based coating
  • Most dog food cans (81%) had a BPA-based coating
  • All of the pet food cans contained a PVC or a BPA-based coating--or both. A few other coating materials were also detected in combination with PVC or BPA.

“These findings are quite concerning and similar to our own studies that examined two brands of canned dog food, including one that was promoted to be BPA-free but actually contained equivalent amounts of this chemical as one where no such claims have been made,” said Cheryl S. Rosenfeld, DVM, PhD, associate professor at the Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri.

“We also found that when dogs consumed canned dog food containing BPA for two weeks, it was associated with metabolic and gut microbiome alterations. Thus, these recent findings from the Ecology Center raise further concern that potentially all commercial brands of dog and cat food may contain BPA that can lead to potential health effects in our companion animals.”

Click on individual products below and on the menu links to read more about our study of pet food cans.

Published on June 22, 2017

Sample Listing

9 Lives Hearty Cuts With Real Beef & Chicken in Gravy Cat Food
PVC
Best Feline Friend Tuna & Chicken Chuckles in Aspic Recipe Cat Food
PVC
Best Feline Friend Tuna & Tilapia Twosome In Aspic Recipe Cat Food
PVC
Best Feline Friend Tuna and Shrimps Cat Food
PVC
Blue Wilderness Bayou Blend With Alligator & Catfish Dog Food
Epoxy
Blue Wilderness Chicken Cat Food
PVC
Chicken Soup for the Soul Kitten Recipe Kitten Food
PVC
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Duck & Potato Formula Dog Food
Polyester, PVC
Earthborn Holistic Chicken Catcciatori Cat Food
Epoxy, PVC
Earthborn Holistic Chicken Catcciatori Cat Food
Acrylic, Epoxy, PVC
Evanger's Food For Dogs Beef Dinner For Dogs
Epoxy
Evanger's Food For Dogs Duck and Sweet Potato Dinner For Dogs
Epoxy
Friskies Homestyle Turkey Dinner With Garden Greens In Gravy Indoor Cat Food
PVC
Hill's Science Diet Gourmet Turkey Entrée Dog Food
Epoxy
Hill's Science Diet Healthy Cuisine Poached Salmon & Spinach Medley Cat Food
PVC
Iams Classic Pâté With Beef & Vegetables in Gravy Premium Dog Food
Epoxy, Polyester, PVC
Iams Classic Pâté With Chicken & Rice in Gravy Premium Dog Food
Epoxy, Polyester, PVC
Iams Pâté with Gourmet Chicken Kitten Food
PVC
Iams Purrfect Delicacies Flaked Oceanfish & Tuna Recipe Cat Food
Epoxy, Polyester, PVC
Lotus Grain-Free Beef Stew Dog Food
Epoxy
Lotus Grain-Free Turkey & Vegetable Pâté Cat Food
Epoxy
Lotus Grain-Free Turkey & Vegetable Pâté Cat Food
Epoxy
Lotus Just Juicy Pork Shoulder Stew Dog Food
Epoxy
Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Turkey Recipe Cat Food
Polyester, PVC
Merrick Purrfect Bistro Chicken Pâté Cat Food
Polyester, PVC
Newman's Own Organics Chicken Dinner Cat Food
PVC
Newman's Own Organics Turkey & Liver Dinner
PVC
Newman's Own Organics Turkey Dinner Dog Food
Epoxy
Newman's Own Organics Turkey Dinner Dog Food
Epoxy
Nutro Max Cat Chicken Supreme Entrée Chunks In Sauce Adult Cat Food
PVC
Ol' Roy Strips in Gravy Filet Mignon Flavor Dog Food
Oleoresin, Polyester, PVC
Pedigree Choice Cuts in Gravy With Chicken Dog Food
Epoxy, PVC
Pedigree Chopped Ground Dinner With Beef Dog Food
Epoxy, PVC
Pure Balance Chicken Recipe Adult Dog Food
Epoxy
Purina Beneful IncrediBrites With Salmon and Wild Rice Small Dog Food
PVC
Purina Beyond Beef, Potato & Green Bean Recipe Dog Food
Epoxy, PVC
Purina Fancy Feast Delights With Turkey & Chedder Cheese Cat Food
PVC
Purina Fancy Feast Medleys Chicken Primavera With Veggies & Greens Cat Food
PVC
Purina Fancy Feast Salmon & Shrimp Feast in Gravy Grilled Gourmet Cat Food
PVC
Purina Friskies Supreme Supper Classic Paté Cat Food
PVC
Purina Friskies With Ocean Whitefish & Tuna In Sauce Prime Filets Cat Food
PVC
Purina Mighty Dog Chicken, Egg & Bacon Country Platter Small Dog Food
PVC
Redbarn Naturals Beef Paté With Parsley & Cranberries Cat Food
PVC
Redbarn Naturals Chicken Paté Indoor Cat Food
PVC
Redbarn Naturals Lamb Paté Cat Food
PVC
Redbarn Naturals Lamb Paté Cat Food
PVC
Redbarn Naturals Lamb Paté With Salmon Oil & Mussels Cat Food
PVC
Redbarn Naturals Lamb Paté With Salmon Oil & Mussels Cat Food
PVC
Redbarn Naturals Ocean Fist Cat Food
PVC
Redbarn Naturals Tuna Paté With Mussels & Parsley Cat Food
PVC
Sheba Chicken & Tuna Entrée Paté in Natural Juices Premium Cat Food
PVC
Simply Nourish Chicken and Beef Stew Dog Food
Epoxy
Simply Nourish Essentials Lamb & Carrot Recipe Adult Dog Food
Epoxy
Tender & True ABF Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Cat Food
PVC
Trader Joe's Tuna Cat Food
Epoxy, PVC
Wellness Turkey Formula Cat Food
Epoxy, PVC
Whole Paws Chicken Beef Vegetable Stew Dog Food
Epoxy
Wild Calling Jumping Salmon Cat Food
PVC
Wild Calling Trot'n Tommy Cat Food
PVC
Wild Calling Trot'n Tommy Cat Food
PVC
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