Bisphenol Aâ€”BPAâ€”the ubiquitous polycarbonate chemical that has been found in a growing number of consumer products including food and beverage can linings, CDs and DVDs, dental sealants, nautical resins, and thermal receipt paper, has now been discovered in canned foods marketed to children.
Children, teens, and developing babies are especially vulnerable to the effects of estrogenic, hormone mimickers, such as BPA because of their developing systems, an enormous issue given that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently said that about 1 million pounds of BPA are released into the environment annually.
MSNBC wrote that Breast Cancer Fund researchers tested for BPA in six products marketed to children such as Campbellâ€™s â€œDisney Princess” soup with “shaped pasta with chicken in chicken brothâ€ and Annieâ€™s Homegrown certified organic â€œCheesy Ravioli.”
The team reviewed canned products â€œspecifically marketed to kids: either ones with pictures of favorite cartoon characters or labels that said something about kids,â€ said Connie Engel, science education coordinator at the Breast Cancer Fund, wrote MSNBC. The Fund is a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is the identification and elimination of environmental links to breast cancer. â€œThe levels we found in these canned foods were a little higher than those previously found in baby bottles and water bottles,â€ Engel said, wrote MSNBC.
The BPAâ€™s source in these cases were from the resins that coat the cansâ€™ interiors, which is typically the case when BPA is found in food and beverage cans. The resins are meant to block metals from leaching into the products and to prevent foods and beverages from developing a metal taste, said the team, wrote MSNBC. But, while BPA stops metals from leaching into foods and beverages, nothing stops BPA from leaching into consumed products. â€œEvery advance usually has benefits and tradeoffs,â€ said Thomas Burke, a professor and associate dean at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. â€œFor example, many kids of my generation got cuts from broken glass at the beach. Plastic bottles probably reduced the likelihood of that happening. But they were also a source of BPA,â€ he added, reported MSNBC.
As we have long said, BPA, with its hormone-mimicking properties, interrupts sexual development and processes, especially in developing fetuses, infants, and children and has been linked to toxic injury and implications in cardiovascular disease, intestinal problems, brain cell connection interference, increased risks of reproductive and immune system diseases and disorders, problems with liver function testing, interruptions in chemotherapy treatment, premature puberty, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and other female fertility and endocrine issues, and erectile dysfunction and male sexual problems in males as young as the developing fetus.
Still, many cite that most studies have been conducted on animals and that the real human impact from BPA remains unknown. Joe Braun, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health pointed to similar issues with lead, now known to be exceedingly dangerous with long-lasting, very serious adverse reactions. â€œHistorically we didnâ€™t consider a child to be suffering from lead poisoning until he showed up in the hospital with encephalopathy and seizures,â€ Braun said. â€œNow we know much lower exposures can have a big impact,â€ reported MSNBC.