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BPA (Bisphenol-A), a chemical present in plastic bottles and cans is a known health risk to humans. It mimics the hormone estrogen, and can disturb the working of certain genes. We previously discussed the hazards of BPA, including early puberty, infertility and cancer risk in our previous post “ Eliminate A Plastic Bottle A Day To Keep The Doctor Away. “ (January 18, 2010)

Recently, despite the claim by the World Health Organization that it is unnecessary, Canada has banned BPA from all food products. The Federal Drug Administration in the U.S. suggests “limited exposure’ to the product, pending further testing.

In this country, an estimated 92% of all canned goods contain BPAs.  Although there is no law requiring manufacturers to label their products as containing BPA, the following is a list of the brands that do not use BPA in their canned goods, as reported by Treehugger:

Eden Organic

Some products by Trader Joe’s

Vital Choice

Oregon’s Choice

Wild Planet

Eco Fish

Native Forest

Native Factor

Other options include items in glass bottles and paper tetrapcks, such as Pomi tomato products.
Kudos to these manufacturers for making the effort to keep our food safe and healthy.

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