HealthyStuff.org's mission is to research toxic chemicals found in everyday products. This site is based on research conducted by environmental health organizations and other researchers around the country. The Ecology Center created HealthyStuff.org and leads its research and development.
Report materials are also available at our collaborative campaign website www.ToxicFoodCans.org
The Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org lab analyzed and identified the interior linings of 192 food cans containing vegetables, fruits, soups, broth, gravy, milks and beans. We found two out of three cans contained linings made from Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that impacts our hormonal systems and may contribute to a host of harmful health effects including breast and prostate cancer, infertility, type-2 diabetes, obesity, asthma and attention deficit disorder.
Aside from BPA-based can coatings, four major coating types were identified among the nearly 200 cans tested including: styrene-acrylic resins, oleoresin, polyester resins, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) copolymers.
To find out what policies are in place to phase out BPA and avoid “regrettable substitutions” (replacing BPA with other harmful chemicals), our report collaborators surveyed 29 leading national brands, such as Campbell’s and Del Monte, as well as 13 retailers of canned food. No comprehensive policies are in place at any major retailer or food manufacturer. Tell Kroger, Meijer, and Campbell's: It's time to can BPA.
For more details, see the FULL REPORT
Concerned about a product hazard?
A number of US regulatory agencies are charged with addressing dangerous consumer products. In general, chemical hazards in consumer products are poorly regulated and outside a few examples (toys & some children's products) consumers are largely left unprotected. HealthyStuff still encourages consumers to report products related chemical hazards to the appropriate agency.
General Consumer Products: US Consumer Product Safety Commission Unsafe Product Report
Vehicles and Car Seats: SaferCar.gov is the NHTSA site where you can identify and report problems you might be having with your vehicle, tires, equipment or car seats.