Food Can Study 2016: Report

The Ecology Center’s 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. Can test results

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.


Five types of can coatings, or linings, were detected by HealthyStuff's testing. 


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 

Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes in the Linings of Canned Food