Campbell’s Soup, whose iconic red and white label is found in pantries across the country, says it will soon stop using the notorious chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, in the linings of its cans.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the company has been testing alternative substances to replace BPA, an integral component of epoxy can linings, and plans to make the switch as soon as it can find “feasible alternatives,” company spokesman, Anthony Sanzio told the Journal Sentinel’s Meg Kissinger.
“When the world’s largest soup maker moves to remove BPA from its cans, that sends a signal to the rest of the food and beverage industry to do the same,” said Jane Houlihan, Environmental Working Group (EWG) senior vice president for research. “Unlike some of its competitors, Campbell’s has listened to its customers’ concerns. It plans to remove this toxic chemical, which is associated with a very long list of serious health problems, many of which are on the rise among Americans.”
Last September, the Breast Cancer Fund and Healthy Child Healthy World launched their Cans Not Cancer campaign which generated more than 70,000 letters to the company urging it to find an alternative can lining that did not contain BPA, a synthetic estrogen that disrupts the hormone system.
“I applaud our friends and colleagues at the Breast Cancer Fund and Healthy Child Healthy World for helping to keep the pressure up, using the power of grassroots advocacy to change markets,” Houlihan said.
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