“Circulating levels of BPA in the human body were found to be very low, indicating that BPA is not accumulated in the body and is rapidly eliminated through urine”.
Bummer. Can’t scientists make up their mind?
What you need to know:
BPA is a chemical compound used as a building block of polymers and polycarbonates that are found in plastic bottles and cans. 7 billion pounds of BPA are produced annually, for use in food packaging, PVC water pipes, electronics, and more. It behaves like the hormone estrogen once it enters the body and disturbs the normal working of certain genes. Estrogen mimicking chemicals like BPA are potentially harmful even at very low doses, such as those found in plastic bottles and cans.
92% of canned goods in the US are made with BPA.
The cost to switch from BPA lining to a safer one?
A mere 2.2 cents.
So why don’t manufacturers do it? Because the food industry is cut throat and works on low margins. Consumers vote with their pocketbooks, and every price reduction / increase immediately affects sales.
It seems that the controversy around BPA won’t end any time soon, so don’t hold your breath waiting for BPA regulations coming from the US government.
But some food companies, realizing they can gain a competitive advantage, or because of higher ideals of their owners, have begun offering us BPA free products (see below).
What to do at the supermarket:
There is no mandate for manufacturers to tell you if they have BPA in their packaging or not. It’s safe to assume that no labeling means YES WE USE BPA.
Here’s a list of 7 BPA free manufacturers (thanks Treehugger). As you can see, most are small players:
- Eden Organic
- Some of Trader Joe’s canned products
- Vital Choice
- Oregon’s Choice
- Wild Planet
- Eco Fish
- Native Forest
- Native Factor