Thursday, March 8, 2012

Campbell's Soup to Phase Out BPA Cans

Campbell's Soup has announced it will phase out the use of the potentially harmful chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in the lining of its cans. There's been so much talk about the potential risks around BPA in everything from water and baby bottles to cash register receipts, it's welcome news that the world's largest soup maker is finally committing to change. Recent reports from the Breast Cancer Fund which found BPA in some of Campbell's most popular products marketed to children together with the Cans not Cancer Campaign created significant pressure on Campbell's to rid their products of BPA. In an interview with the Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel, Campbell's Soup Company spokesman Anthony Sanzio said Monday the company has been working on alternatives for five years and will make the transition as soon as "feasible alternatives are available." Interestingly, the US Food and Drug Administration is due to decide by the end of March whether to ban BPA in all food packaging. We know BPA-free food cans are out there, Eden Organic already offers them. While anything that reduces risk is a step in the right direction, we hope that Campbell's will step up their research and produce a timeline to prove themselves a true industry leader, living up to the strong iconic brand they've created with their red and white cans.


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